Bestselling author David Ewing Duncan takes the ultimate high-tech medical exam, investigating the future impact of what's hidden deep inside all of us David Ewing Duncan takes "guinea pig" journalism to the cutting edge of science, building on award-winning articles he wrote for Wired and National Geographic, in which he was tested for hundreds of chemicals and genes associated with disease, emotions, and other traits. Expanding on these tests, he examines his genes, environment, brain, and body, exploring what they reveal about his and his family's future health, traits, and ancestry, as well as the profound impact of this new self-knowledge on what it means to be human. David Ewing Duncan (San Francisco, CA) is the Chief Correspondent of public radio's Biotech Nation and a frequent commentator on NPR's Morning Edition. He is a contributing editor to Portfolio, Discover, and Wired and a columnist for Portfolio. His books include the international bestseller Calendar: Humanity's Epic Struggle to Determine a True and Accurate Year (978-0-380-79324-2).
He is a former special producer and correspondent for ABC's Nightline, and appears regularly on CNN and programs such as Today and Good Morning America.
Experimental Man Index. Introduction. A fish and mercury story. Your host. Checkup with my internist (the plan and three rules). 1. GENES. Not a genetic virgin. Predicting the future. I'm doomed. Or not. A tale of two brothers. My gene pool (mother, father, brother and daughter). Rollo the Viking and me. My dinosaur DNA. You show me yours, I'll show you mine. Genes-'r' us. Ready for prime time? 2. ENVIRONMENT. Light my fire. Three-thousand-mile trail of blood. Idyllic childhood in Kansas, except for the toxic waste dump. Hotspot on the Hudson. Whose body burden? Do my genes protect me? Immortal cells bathed in mercury. The rise of envirogenetics. 3. BRAIN. The incredible shrinking brain. Remembering the moon over the mountain, forget the blonde. A brain half my age. High anxiety and the saber-toothed editor. Does my brain believe in God? Greed, gambling, and why my brain loves Dodgeball, the movie. Building a new superbrain. Meta-neuroscience and the elusive whole. 4. BODY. Prediction: Heart attack in 2017? Raging Lipids. Bumps on my kidneys. ...oh no! Life at 122 (the gene that regulates forever). Epilogue: Eternity. Experimental Children. Acknowledgments. Notes. Glossary. Experimental Man Online. Index.