The Autobiography of A Species in 23 Chapters

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
Looks at one newly described gene from each of the twenty-three human chromosomes and explains how each one contributes to our uniqueness as a species.


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.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2006
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed
ISBN: 9780060894085
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 21 cm


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BostonPL_LauraB Mar 15, 2017

This was a slow read for me, but mostly because it ended up being a little more dense/scientific that I had at first expected. That did not take away from how much I learned and enjoyed reading it, however. The only thing I would wish for in this book is for an updated version since this was written almost 20 years ago - I can only imagine how much has changed since then!

Apr 05, 2016

A well structured, enlightening, and fun to read book on man's genes. Discusses diseases, engineering, intelligence, personality, and lots of other things. Given the developments in the field since its publication, it could use a total rewrite.

gpetryk Aug 27, 2009

Easy to understand, interesting amusing, well done


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