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The Powers And Perversions Of Heredity

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Tuesday, science writer Carl Zimmer joins us to talk about the power of heredity. The traits we share with our parents or kids, how does that work exactly? Zimmer says it can be a gift or a curse.

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We all want to know where we come from, and popular DNA tests have offered quick answers. But can we find everything we’ve inherited from our ancestors in our genes? In a new book, science writer Carl Zimmer explores what heredity means, how we’ve thought of it in the past, and what we’re learning about it today. Zimmer joins us Tuesday. His book is called She Has Her Mother’s Laugh.

Carl Zimmer has written the New York Times column Matter since 2004. His latest book is She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity. [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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