Genome by Matt Ridley
The Autobiography of a Species In 23 Chapters

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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.

 

About Matt Ridley

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Matt Ridley is the author of several award-winning books, including Genome, The Agile Gene, and The Red Queen, which have sold more than 800,000 copies in twenty-seven languages worldwide. He lives in England.
 
Published March 26, 2013 by Harper Perennial. 368 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Biographies & Memoirs, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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It is startling to learn that some of our genes date from a time when our ancestors were fish or primates, that we are genetically almost identical to chimpanzees, that genes are engaged in combat with one another, that behavior and genes may shape each other, and that genetic combinations may pr...

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chromosome by chromosome, by picking a gene from each."" That story begins with the basis of life on earth, the DNA-to-RNA-to-protein process (chapter one, ""Life,"" and also chromosome one);

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These aspirations are flamboyantly expressed on the dust flap of Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters: ‘The human genome, the complete set of genes housed in 23 pairs of chromosomes, is nothing less than an autobiography of our species … we, this lucky generation, are the first b...

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