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review 2018-05-19 02:00
Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures - Ben Mezrich

Interesting story of the Church Lab of Harvard trying to de-extinct the woolly mammoth. I was able to follow the story when the author wrote but I had some trouble when I was reading what the scientists wrote. I enjoyed the book and learned a lot. I enjoyed the glimpse into a world I know little about.

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review 2017-12-24 04:11
Genetics gone wild...and woolly
Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures - Ben Mezrich

YES. That is literally what I have written first in my notes for today's book review. Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History's Most Iconic Extinct Creatures by Ben Mezrich is the perfect mixture of technical science and literary narrative. This book tells the story of Dr. George Church and the Revivalists (a group under his tutelage) who are trying to do what has been thought impossible: Bring back the woolly mammoth from extinction. (I have to wonder if the author received a financial backing from this group because if he didn't then he certainly deserves one. He's a major fanboy.) Mezrich covers not only their attempts at this breakthrough in science but also their competition from Seoul which owns the market on DNA cloning. The company in Seoul believes it is possible to find a complete DNA strand while Church's group thinks that the DNA will be too degraded. They're working from pieces of DNA and splicing together traits unique to woolly mammoths with the hope that a viable fetus can be carried by an Asian elephant. A scientific group dedicated to the reversal of extinction of local flora and fauna in Siberia has begun work on Pleistocene Park which is most likely going to be a functioning reality but will take several years. This is where the woolly mammoths (who wouldn't be technically true mammoths) will reside. The controversy and hubris of scientists (especially geneticists who write DNA/RNA) is extensively discussed and is fascinating to me (and I'd imagine to most laymen). However, this isn't only about the woolly mammoth. It's also an in-depth biography of George Church and how he came to be one of the leading figures in genetics. Total 10/10.


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review 2015-03-14 14:52
Feeling "Gray"
Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs - A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder - Ben Mezrich

It recently came to my attention, having read quite a number of Russian classics over the years, that they all seem to be "gray." Following that thought, I discovered that ofttimes for me, mysteries or thrillers are "red," books of encouragement are "blue," fantasies register "orange," and so on. However, stories of long ago Russian history and of the days of the Soviet Union are "gray." The people seem sad, lost, hopeless, forlorn--leaving me feeling "gray." Once Upon a Time in Russia, by Ben Mezrich, however, did not fit that mold . . . 


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review 2015-03-07 00:00
Seven Wonders
Seven Wonders - Ben Mezrich I started reading it but gave up after 60 pages. It just didnt keep my attention. There was no suspense at all between the characters & by plays. It could be a good story & book but idk it was just boring so i gave up.
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text 2015-02-02 18:37
This Week on the Nearly Reader
The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook - Ben Mezrich
The Wedding Dress Diaries (The Wedding Season, #0.5) - Aimee Carson

On Monday I posted about my inability to stop buying new books.


Tuesday I reviewed The Wedding Dress Diaries.


Wednesday Book Run!


Thursday I reviewed The Accidential Billionaires.


Friday was my first try at The Friday 56.


And Saturday and Sunday I reviewed the week.

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