Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

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Harper Collins, Oct 3, 2000 - Science - 344 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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User Review  - MarkBeronte - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Ridley seems to me to be an heir of Asimov. He's made genes both accessible and laugh-out-loud funny. This breezy, informative book left me both enlightened and amused. The chapter on Hox genes alone ... 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 award-winning, bestselling author of several books, including The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves; Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters; and The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature. His books have sold more than one million copies in thirty languages worldwide. He writes regularly for The Times (London) and The Wall Street Journal, and is a member of the House of Lords. He lives in England.

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