The Universe WithinThe Universe Within

A geneticist tells the stories of men, women, and children whose genes have shaped their lives in unexpected ways.



ISBN: 1912854368



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Genes -- we all have them and we're all affected by them, often in unknown ways. Whether directly inherited or modified by our environment, genes control or significantly influence almost every aspect of our lives, from the success of our conception and the development of our sexual characteristics, to the colour of our skin, hair, and eyes; our height and weight; our health; and, unfortunately, an untold number of diseases. For many, the first time that genetics truly matters to them is in a doctor's office as they learn about a condition that may affect them, their unborn children, or even their wider family. Yet from the first laborious survey of the human genome twenty years ago to the commercial machines that now sequence 6,000 genomes per year, a revolution is taking place in medicine. Navigating this world of heartbreaking uncertainties, tantalising possibilities, and thorny questions of morality is Professor Edwin Kirk, a rare doctor who works both in the lab and with patients, and who has over two decades of experience. In The Genes That Make Us, he explains everything you need to know with clarity, insight, and great humanity.

The Boy Who Wasn t ShortThe Boy Who Wasn t Short

A geneticist tells the stories of men, women, and children whose genes have shaped their lives in unexpected ways.

Author: Edwin Kirk

Publisher: Scribe Publications

ISBN: 9781922586087


Page: 288

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A geneticist tells the stories of men, women, and children whose genes have shaped their lives in unexpected ways. It was while listening to a colleague tell the parents of a newborn girl that their daughter was going to die that a lifelong interest in genetic medicine was sparked in Dr Edwin Kirk. Warmth and gentleness tempered a direct, sure manner — this was the medicine he wanted to practise, where the most advanced science and the most deeply human meet. Twenty-five years later, Dr Kirk works both with patients and in the lab, and he spearheads a campaign that will change the way we think about having babies. His experience is without parallel, but it is his humour and insight that make all the difference. Find out why Dr Kirk found himself among hundreds of people, each with a glass of poison in front of them — and how you might perform the same experiment yourself (without the poison). Learn how the realisation that a young boy wasn’t short ended up saving the life of his mother — and how Angelina Jolie has saved the lives of many more. Sit in the room with Dr Kirk and his patients as they navigate the world of heartbreaking uncertainties, tantalising possibilities, and thorny questions of morality. In genetics, it is the particularities of an individual’s history that matter, and here, in clear and considerate writing, those individual stories are given voice.

The Boy Who Stole TimeThe Boy Who Stole Time

He wasn't short, he wasn't tall. He wasn't fat, he wasn't thin. He had a little muscle from playing hockey, but not too much. His hair was short at the sides and longer on top, where he tended to use a little wax to make it stick up a ...

Author: Mark Bowsher

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 9781912618651


Page: 336

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When 12-year-old Krish finds out his mum is dying, he is desperate to give her more time to live. This leads to a deal with a devil-like creature to travel to another realm, Ilir, and collect the Myrthali - the essence of time itself. Ilir is a tiny desert world where the days are a handful of hours long and there is magic and treachery on every corner. Here Krish is set three impossible challenges by the brutal King Obsendei to win from him the Myrthali. He joins forces with the razor-tongued, young girl-wizard Balthrir, who hopes to free her parents from the Black Palace; a living, breathing structure built entirely out of those subjects who have incurred the wrath of the King. But as Krish battles these impossible tasks he may be about to learn that there is more than his mother's life at stake as he gets embroiled in a blood-thirsty fight for power in Ilir that will push his friendship with Balthrir to its limits.

Rethinking Our ClassroomsRethinking Our Classrooms

This book is about Chibi, a boy who for 5 years is made to feel alienated and isolated at school. ... For instance, one boy said, with tears in his eyes: “Kids tease me because I'm short, and in gym no one wants me on their team.

Author: Bill Bigelow

Publisher: Rethinking Schools

ISBN: 9780942961270


Page: 244

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Readings, resources, lesson plans, and reproducible student handouts aimed at teaching students to question the traditional ideas and images that interfere with social justice and community building.


"Then you're free to go on your way after a short investigation. ... It seems you lot are short on supplies and in need of medical attention. ... Several seconds of silence passed, and she turned a meaningful look to the boy.

Author: D.R. Johnson


ISBN: 9781329053625


Page: 562

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The world is no longer safe, no longer thriving. It has been inherited by the diseased. The red mist spread and humanity was infected. There was no stopping the curse once it started and the world's population was reduced to mindless beasts. Creatures that hungered and raged for the taste of pure, uninfected flesh. Few of those remain. Ali is not one of them.

What Killed Jane CrebaWhat Killed Jane Creba

Short and Boy decided they needed to get out of the store to stay safe. They figured there was far less likely to be trouble out on Yonge Street than in the store. Tyshaun and Richie. JoJay and Boderick. But the real beef as they exited ...

Author: Anita Arvast

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 9781459735071


Page: 176

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The death of a fifteen-year-old girl caught in the crossfire of “gang warfare” the day after Christmas in downtown Toronto shook the city to its core. A decade later, What Killed Jane Creba takes us through what led to the shooting, compared to what was said and done afterward, to show something far more nuanced than gang rivalries.

The Shorter Novels of Charles DickensThe Shorter Novels of Charles Dickens

said the Jew , scowling fiercely on the boy . ' No - no , indeed , ' replied Oliver . ' Are you sure ? ' cried the Jew , with a still fiercer look than before , and a threatening attitude . ' Upon my word I was not , sir , ' replied ...

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 1840220597


Page: 1310

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A collection which brings together perhaps the four finest of Charles Dickens' shorter novels, filled with event, character, and the brilliance of his story-telling.

The JumbeeThe Jumbee

Esti wasn't particularly short, but the cap made the boy look huge. Her heart thudded as he approached in his flamboyant island clothing, and she forced herself to stay calm. She was going to make friends with the other theater students ...

Author: Pamela Keyes

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101464595


Page: 400

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When Esti Legard starts theater school on Cariba, she's determined to step out of the shadow of her late father, a famous Shakespearean actor. But on an island rife with superstition, Esti can't escape the darkness. In the black of the theater, an alluring phantom voice-known only as Alan-becomes her brilliant drama tutor, while in the light of day Esti struggles to resist her magnetic attraction to Rafe, the local bad boy. Toppled sets, frightening rumors of jumbee ghosts, and brewing tropical storms culminate in a tantalizingly spooky finale where romance sizzles and truths are unmasked. Laced with eerie mystery and the lush scenery of the West Indies, this modern Phantom is perfect for readers who like their love stories served with spine-tingling suspense.

The Sewer BoyThe Sewer Boy

The child was actually well into adolescence. He wasn't that tall, but his proportions spoke of the man he would be in a few years. He wasn't bad looking. His features were pleasant enough, and his short hair curled nicely.

Author: Carol Mingst

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781524543570


Page: 300

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Air, land, . . . and sewer? Exiled for centuries to a primitive planet, the people of Aerros have learned to live without animals or higher technology but using their genetically engineered plants, cultures, and Wing cousins to survive instead. Over time, they improved the Wings, from flying idiots to a productive serving class. But there are some places that feathered appendages just wont fit. The humans who handle these less-than-pleasant tasks are provided extra assistance and special privileges to make up for such work. Pete is just a boy, but hes quick and agile and can get into all of those tight spaces to help his father maintain the sewers, but he could do without the older apprentices hazing. Left in the dark, filthy tunnels by his fathers apprentice, Pete is rescued by Jared, a unique descendant of both human and Wing. This chance intervention sets Pete, Jared, and their friends on a path that will eventually bring the true problem of the settlement to light.

The Truth About Pretty Girls A Digital Short Story The Truth About Pretty Girls A Digital Short Story

The only thing shecould havedone witha bachelor's inart historywas teach school, andifshe wasn't going to raise herownchild, shesure as hell wasn't going to raise somebody else's. She spentthe nextfew years waitressing, ...

Author: Karin Slaughter

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448149216


Page: 20

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A compelling digital short story from the No.1 bestselling author of the Will Trent series. Jude Hanson returns home to Poulet and her mother – the Georgia mountain town she grew up in and couldn’t wait to leave, and the woman she hoped never to see again.