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Book and Media Reviews
September 19, 2007

Gene Sharing and Evolution: The Diversity of Protein Functions

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(11):1334-1340. doi:10.1001/jama.298.11.1335

When first reading Piatigorsky's Gene Sharing and Protein Evolution, one of the most unique qualities is the abundance of take-home messages that transgress interdisciplinary boundaries and render the text a tremendously informative resource for a diversity of audiences. Above all, a fascinating teaching emerges from the text and should become a guiding principle for students and established investigators irrespective of discipline: “the trick is to observe Nature without bias and appreciate its resourcefulness, think imaginatively, dare to take a chance, and expect the unexpected” (p 234).