Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

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Harper Collins, Oct 3, 2000 - Science - 352 pages
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The genome's been mapped. But what does it mean?

Arguably the most significant scientific discoveru 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.

  

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Review: Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

User Review  - Douglas - Goodreads

Even though this was written and published over 15 years ago, I found it relevant and revealing. Ridley is one of the better science writers, and this is assuredly his master work. Each chapter ... Read full review

Review: Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

The rapid evolution of the science of microbiology over the last half-century is one of the most phenomenal stories of our times. Although much of it remains a mystery to the general public, Matt ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements rii Foreword
1
Introduction
4
Life
11
Species
23
History
38
Fate
54
Environment
65
Intelligence
76
SelfAssembly
173
PreHistory
185
Immortality
195
Sex
206
Memory
219
Death
231
is Cures
243
Prevention
258

Instinct
91
XandY Conflict
107
Selfinterest
122
Disease
136
o Stress
147
Personality
161
21 Politics
271
Eugenics
286
Free Will
301
Bibliography and Notes
314
Index
337
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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.

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