Your Inner Fish: Part 3

It amazes me how Neil Shubin is completely immersed within his work, he never loses the enthusiasm or thought provoking ideas in the novel. Many other novels have boring parts or weak spots but “Your Inner Fish” keeps the reader wanting to know more and more without even having a desire to drop the book. I think the way Shubin shows the evolution of organisms differs greatly from many other scientists. He is careful to show a step-by-step process rather than showing how one single-celled organism can relate to a human. He does not just show how one fish has a certain structure that may have evolved to become the human spine. Instead Shubin goes into great detail about structures like showing his medical students to identify an organ by looking at its cells or tissues. I was surprised to find out that the book talked about different functions of certain movements within animals, like the proportions in the legs of frogs compared to horses and how their functions differ. I still wonder what the author believes what people will benefit from this knowledge. Fromm reading his novel many will be able to tell his enthusiasm for the work however he never bluntly states his opinion of where we go from here.  Now that we have this wisdom, what does he predict will happen in the future?

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2 thoughts on “Your Inner Fish: Part 3

  1. Shubin does spend a great deal of time explaining the differences that exist among species; however, he spends even more time highlighting the similarities among species, and proving the connections that support the idea of a common ancestry of life. The pertinent information he reveals can be used in various areas of science in order to facilitate the study of different species. It answers why certain structures arise and what functions they serve in each organism. Anatomists, biologists, paleontologists, and other scientists connected to biology and evolution can benefit from these enlightening connections, and they can use past examples to predict how future structures and species may evolve. He also opens the door to several possible experiments that can yield important information regarding developing embryos. For example, the Organizer gene in embryos can be manipulated and transplanted to form twins or other mutations in animal eggs. Future experiments in this field could lead to new developments in breeding and analyzing certain characteristics in embryos.

  2. Shubin is definitely involved in explaining our similarities and differences with other organisms. He also includes interesting points were he makes learning the information more interesting. Qualities like that make Shubin a great, dedicated author. I believe from his novel we will connect our shape and functions to other organisms and befit from that. We could improve health, replace organs by manipulating genes, cure at the embryological stage, and much more.

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