The DNA of You and Me

The DNA of You and Me

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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(S2(BRefreshing...Asks urgent questions about female ambition. Fans of Lab Girl have found a worthy successor.(S3 (B-- Real Simple A powerful debut novel—a wonderfully engaging infusion of Lab Girl, The Assistants, and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine—that pits the ambition of scientific discovery against the siren call of love. How does smell work? Specifically, how do olfactory sensory neurons reach their targets in the brain, where smell is processed? Justin McKinnon has hired Emily Apell to study that question. What Justin hasn’t told Emily is that two other scientists in the lab, Aeden and Allegra, are working on a very similar topic, and their findings may compete with her research. Emily was born focused and driven. She’s always been more comfortable staring down the barrel of a microscope than making small talk with strangers. Competition doesn’t scare her. Her special place is the lab, where she analyzes DNA sequences, looking for new genes that might be involved in guiding olfactory neurons to their targets. To Emily’s great surprise, her rational mind is unsettled by Aeden. As they shift from competitors to colleagues, and then to something more, Emily allows herself to see a future in which she doesn’t end up alone. But when Aeden decides to leave the lab, it becomes clear to Emily that she must make a choice: follow her research or follow her heart. A sharp, relevant novel that speaks to the ambitions and desires of modern women, The DNA of You and Me explores the evergreen question of career versus family, the irrational sensibility of love, and whether one can be a loner without a diagnostic label.
Publisher: [S.l.]: HarperCollins, 2019
ISBN: 9780062857835
Characteristics: c
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Oct 25, 2019

Loved the idea of a story with a women in STEM as the main character. She seemed strong, capable, smart and independent. One would definitely feel a sense of familiarity to the scientific words used in this book if they ever had a couple of science classes. What left me wanting more was the romance portion of the storyline. I understood the premise of a competitor turned romantic interest but something just seems to be missing by the end of it.

RandomLibrarian Jul 24, 2019

Review excerpt: "'The DNA of You and Me' might just as well be called “False Equivalency: The Novel.” The description on the inside front cover leads the reader to suppose that the book is about the career choices that women have to make, especially between love and work. However, the book is actually about an obsessed woman in an emotionally abusive relationship who has to decide whether to stay in the abusive relationship or stay at a research lab. I found this book to be ableist, depressing, and infuriating."

Apr 22, 2019

Emily is a researcher in a science lab in New York City, working on a project involving the olfactory system in mice. Her colleague Aeden, also researching the subject, turns out to be inexplicably intriguing to her. Together, they feel optimistic that they're poised to discover a breakthrough in their field.

While I somewhat enjoyed learning about lab culture and gaining a small peek into what is involved in scientific projects spanning multiple years, the interpersonal aspects of this story were dull and, frankly, bizarre. Why Emily wanted to have anything at all to do with Aeden is a mystery to me.

I received this ARC via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.

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