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Genome: The Autobiography of a Species In 23 Chapters

4 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Matt Ridley

Science writer Matt Ridley has found a way to tell someone else's story without being accused of plagiarism.Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters delves deep within your body (and, to be fair, Ridley's too) looking for dirt … see full wiki

Author: Matt Ridley
Genre: Science
Publisher: HarperCollins
5 reviews about Genome: The Autobiography of a Species In...
review by . June 05, 2010
It is hard to underestimate the importance that genes play in determining who we as a species are. At the very fundamental level it can be argued that it is exactly our genome that determines which species we are to begin with. Ever since the work of Mendel we have known that hereditary information comes in discrete units, and when the structure of DNA had been deciphered we finally understood what those units are. Essentially, all genes are long strands of genetic code written with four "letters" …
review by . April 06, 2009
British science writer, Matt Ridley tells the story of the human genome by concentrating on one gene per chromosome and taking his readers from the beginning of life on Earth to the possible future of humanity. If you are interested in the advances in genetics, "Genome" is a quick, interesting overview, although it was published in 1999 and is already slightly out-of-date.    For instance, the 'final' human genome sequence wasn't published until 2003 (the 'draft' was published …
review by . February 22, 2006
In this book Matt Ridley breaks the human genome down into 23 chapters, one for each chromosome in the human body. In each chapter, he discusses the chromosome and the genes thereon, finding something unique and relevant to the human experience on each. This book was released about a year before the Human Genome Project released its report, and it was a good preview of what was to come.    Ridley has a real gift for taking complex subjects such as transposition and making them …
review by . April 09, 2005
British science writer, Matt Ridley tells the story of the human genome by concentrating on one gene per chromosome and taking his readers from the beginning of life on Earth to the possible future of humanity. If you are interested in the advances in genetics, "Genome" is a quick, interesting overview, although it was published in 1999 and is already slightly out-of-date.    For instance, the 'final' human genome sequence wasn't published until 2003 (the 'draft' was published …
review by . July 30, 2001
Written so the layperson (like me) can understand it, Ridley has provided a tremendous overview of the status of genetic research. With the mapping of the Human Genome, scientific advances in genetics will certainly skyrocket and this is a great place to start if you want some underlying knowledge and understanding about where we're headed in this field.
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