Friday, November 20, 2020

NNLM's Book Club Presents Bill Sullivan's Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, & The Curious Forces that Make Us Who We Are

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Book Club

From November 17, 2020. Join author Dr. Bill Sullivan, professor of pharmacology and microbiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine who will discuss his book: Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are.


If you are looking for some interesting non-pandemic reading over the holidays, this hour with the author could very well connect you with your next read!

Dr. Sullivan's main points for writing the book are as follows:

  1. You are not who you think you are.
  2. You are under the influence of hidden forces.
  3. Exposing these hidden forces will help you live a better life.
  4. And will help guide precision medicine.
The book is organized into 10 chapters:
  1. Meet your Maker
  2. Meet Your Tastes
  3. Meet your Appetite
  4. Meet your Addictions
  5. Meet your Moods
  6. Meet your Demons
  7. Meet your Match
  8. Meet your Mind
  9. Meet your Beliefs
  10. Meet your Future

Some of his key points are:
  • Genes are the piano keys, but the environment plays the song.
  • You cannot consider the genetic code out of environmental context.
  • There are lots of different versions of YOU in your genetic code.  If you grew up in a different environment, you'd be a different person.

Hidden forces, ghosts, ACEs, even Ozzy Osbourne and Morrissey make appearances in this engaging and fascinating hour.  

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