by Lisa Seachrist Chiu
The book starts off promising enough with the case of Sandy who smelled, as the title of the book proclaims, like a fish. The author takes the reader through the biology behind trimethylaminuria (TMAU) also known as the fish-odor syndrome.
I had hoped that the rest of the book would be case studies of unusual genetic diseases; instead, the author takes a highly technical approach of biological genetics.
As most of you know, I’m majorily fond of medical history especially genetic disease and while I enjoyed the book on the first read, I didn’t quite enjoy it as much on the second read, hence my downgrading the rating from 5 to 4 stars.
This isn’t a book for the casual reader as it is much too technical.
But for those who are seriously into genetics and gene consequences, this is definitely the book for you!
Rating: 4/5 (originally 5/5 but downgraded after the second read)
(Originally published on Live Journal: Serenade in Blue blog on 16 January 2011)