Skin, A Biography by Sharad P Paul, Harper Collins, Rs 499
This book lays bare a strange world: a mix of science, romance and mystery. Did you know, for instance, that one single chemically inert and stable pigment is responsible for all variations in skin colour among humans? That the top layer of our skin is essentially “dead”? Have you stopped to think why we need skin at all – or for that matter, why life even bothered to move from its uncomplicated unicellular state to these messy, energy-consuming, multi-cellular beings?
This passionately researched work lays open the genetic chains that bind races and species together, and draws us into a wonderful, uncertain world.
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