Manchester scientist makes literary longlist

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13 Jun 2014

A University of Manchester professor has been included on the longlist of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books - the world's most prestigious award for popular science writing.

Professor Daniel Davis author of The Compatibility Gene

Professor Daniel Davis, who is the director of research at The University of Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research, was chosen by the judges for his book ‘The Compatibility Gene’ published by Penguin Press.

In the book Professor Davis documents how he and his wife analysed their DNA for compatibility as part of his research. His book discusses how crucial the compatibility genes are, for our health and individuality.

This prestigious prize celebrates outstanding popular science books from around the world and is open to authors of science books written for a non-specialist audience.

The judges said: “Davis wins you over from the start with touch points you can relate to and engaging descriptions. Dedication and a life spent in pursuit of his subject are evident on every page.

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The Compatibility Gene By Daniel M. Davis is published in Allen Lane hardback, £20.00, on 29 August 2013. Ebook available.

Professor Davis is director of research at the University of Manchester's Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research and a visiting professor at Imperial College, London. He has published over 100 academic papers, including papers in Nature and Science, and Scientific American, and lectures all over the world, including at the Royal Institution. He has previously won the Oxford University Press Science Writing Prize.

For further information about the book in the UK, please contact: Thi Dinh 020 7010 3156 /

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