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Can anyone recommend some summer reading for and undergraduate about to start first year of a Biology university course?
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Maybe try to find the reading list last year?
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Are you doing the reading to try and get a jump-start (e.g. Textbooks and such) or just general interest about the subject before you start (e.g. Non-fiction novels about biology)?
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Are you doing the reading to try and get a jump-start (e.g. Textbooks and such) or just general interest about the subject before you start (e.g. Non-fiction novels about biology)?
Yeah just general interest about reading around the subject.
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Yeah just general interest about reading around the subject.
Ah okay! Here are a few reccomendations I've heard of or read myself:

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins - About evolution and genetics. I've not read it but it's one of the classic ones everyone always reccomends.

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong / 10% Human by Alanna Collen / Missing Microbes by Martin Blaser - All different takes on the human microbiota and its effect on health and disease and such.

The Beautiful Cure by Daniel M Davies - Talks about the advances in immunology. I really enjoyed reading it as it gave insight into not only the science itself but some politics behind the scenes such as in the Nobel Prize. Some very interesting stories in here including one about one of the only people to win the Nobel prize after their death.

Genome by Matt Ridley - Another genetics book. I found this super interesting and it gave some pretty interesting ideas (e.g. How bacteria are better evolved than humans). Less bulky than some of the other books as well.

The Immortal Life of Henritta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - Very different to the other books in that it discusses a controversy within science. A woman with cancer had her cells immortalised and used as a cancer cell line (that is still used today!) without her permission or knowledge.

If none of these catch your fancy there are plenty out there! The amazon rankings are a great place to look and 'worldofbooks' offers a lot of books at such low price too. Hope I've managed to help!
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Ah okay! Here are a few reccomendations I've heard of or read myself:

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins - About evolution and genetics. I've not read it but it's one of the classic ones everyone always reccomends.

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong / 10% Human by Alanna Collen / Missing Microbes by Martin Blaser - All different takes on the human microbiota and its effect on health and disease and such.

The Beautiful Cure by Daniel M Davies - Talks about the advances in immunology. I really enjoyed reading it as it gave insight into not only the science itself but some politics behind the scenes such as in the Nobel Prize. Some very interesting stories in here including one about one of the only people to win the Nobel prize after their death.

Genome by Matt Ridley - Another genetics book. I found this super interesting and it gave some pretty interesting ideas (e.g. How bacteria are better evolved than humans). Less bulky than some of the other books as well.

The Immortal Life of Henritta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - Very different to the other books in that it discusses a controversy within science. A woman with cancer had her cells immortalised and used as a cancer cell line (that is still used today!) without her permission or knowledge.

If none of these catch your fancy there are plenty out there! The amazon rankings are a great place to look and 'worldofbooks' offers a lot of books at such low price too. Hope I've managed to help!
Thank you so much!
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