Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
The genome's been mapped. But what does it mean? Arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome raises almost as many questions as it answers. Questions that will profoundly impact the... show more
The genome's been mapped. But what does it mean? Arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome raises almost as many questions as it answers. Questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free will. Questions that will affect the rest of your life. Genome offers extraordinary insight into the ramifications of this incredible breakthrough. By picking one newly discovered gene from each pair of chromosomes and telling its story, Matt Ridley recounts the history of our species and its ancestors from the dawn of life to the brink of future medicine. From Huntington's disease to cancer, from the applications of gene therapy to the horrors of eugenics, Matt Ridley probes the scientific, philosophical, and moral issues arising as a result of the mapping of the genome. It will help you understand what this scientific milestone means for you, for your children, and for humankind.
Publish date: May 30th 2006
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 344
Edition language: English
, Popular Science
"Still useful today".Even though it's published in 1999 the book is still useful today. I was reluctant to get it because I though it might be dated. He really does explain the human genome better than anything I've read. The book was a necessary background to educate me about all of this talk I've ...
A really great introduction to genetics. One of my friends, who studied chemistry in college, recommended the book to me. The book is divided into 23 chapters, representing the 23 different sets of chromosomes in the human body. The concept fascinated me, and I thought that if the author had enou...
mp3. Running time: 17 hours 15 minutesDon't 'get' everything here (I'm just a cleaning woman after all) but most of this makes sense, and enjoyable it is - very enjoyable. Mr. Matt Ridley must be skilled.
Ridley seems to me to be an heir of Asimov. He's made genes both accessible and laugh-out-loud funny. This breezy, informative book left me both enlightened and amused. The chapter on Hox genes alone is worth the price of admission. Not to mention the digression into the naming conventions of geneti...