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  • One of the World's Top 10 Thinkers of 2020

  • Quite simply the best book about science and life that I have ever read

    Alice Roberts
  • How an entire human can emerge from a single cell is one of the great mysteries of life. This book is a wonderful exposition of that amazingly complicated process, and combines Zernicka-Goetz’s research and expert perspective with the clear and engaging narrative that is a hallmark of Highfield’s science writing

    Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society and Nobel-prize winning scientist
  • A touching, detailed portrait of a life in science. Beautifully written, it’s a reminder that scientists are human and their humanity affects every part of their work

    Angela Saini, bestselling author of INFERIOR and SUPERIOR
  • How does a single fertilised egg know how to develop into the trillions of different cells that making up a human? This book provides you with much more than the answer – it is story-telling at its very best. Together with Highfield, Zernicka-Goetz leads us through her life scientific, intertwining the exciting field of 21st biology with a joyous personal journey of discovery at the cutting edge of research

    Jim Al-Khalili

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