Real books as opposed to digital formats (kindles, on-screen pdfs etc) may be better for you, in terms of depth of reading and comprehension – go here for news of recent study just reported in The Guardian. Whilst only a small study (and the below-the-line comments are full of “rubbish!” or, well, just rubbish), it does follow on from an interesting anecdote reported, again in The Grauniad, by one of the judges on a recent Booker Prize panel, who felt she did not concentrate on the Kindle books in the same way. Of course, people vary in their reading skills and practices, and various factors may play a part in what one prefers or the effects that a given medium would have (e.g. if one is never a “deep” reader in some kind of way, then it may make no difference?). Interesting stuff though.
This week’s book of the week is the excellent Sex Itself by Sarah Richardson. Sarah’s book explores the gendered nature of sex chromosome and sex-related genetic research, from the discovery of the sex chromosomes (itself a loaded label) through to today’s post-genomic studies of sex differences.It’s a thoughtful, well-argued book, and well worth reading for anyone interested in the genetics and genomics of sex differences.
For more details of the book please go here.