Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt RidleyGenome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

byMatt Ridley

Paperback | May 30, 2006

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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.

Matt Ridley is the author of several award-winning books, includingGenome,The Agile Gene, andThe Red Queen, which have sold more than 800,000 copies in twenty-seven languages worldwide. He lives in England.
Title:Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 ChaptersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:May 30, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060894083

ISBN - 13:9780060894085

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating Such an interesting way to read through the human genome.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Genome Book! Book was very specific and made genetics easier to understand.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genetics made easy to understand! Matt Ridley FTW! ESSENTIAL READ! Anyone at all interested in genetics has to read this book! Ridley makes a complicated topic easily “readable” for the lay person. It gives a lot of insight into the advances in potential cures for many diseases like cancer, schizophrenia, angelman syndromes and many more. But even while discussing such topics hammers home the point "genes aren't there to cause disease". I will definitely be soon reading his other titles, the Agile Gene, & the Red Queen.
Date published: 2013-10-08

Editorial Reviews

“Matt Ridley’s book is a jargon-free excursion of intellectual discovery that will carry any reader along its tour of exciting, often delightful, stories structured to help us understand in everyday terms, and to remember, the revelations about genetic evolution that have come to light in the last few decades. It also makes us see the enormous social and political consequences of that knowledge.”(New York Times Book Review)