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

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Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters Read Online Free - The human genome, the complete set of genes housed in twenty-three pairs of chromosomes, is nothing less than an autobiography of our species.

Spelled out in a billion three-letter words using the four-letter alphabet of DNA, the genome has been edited, abridged, altered and added to as it has been handed down, generation to generation, over more than three billion years.

With the first draft of the human genome due to be published in 2000, we, this lucky generation, are the first beings who are able to read this extraordinary book and to gain hitherto unimaginable insights into what it means to be alive, to be human, to be conscious or to be ill.

By picking one newly discovered gene from each of the twenty-three human 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.

He finds genes that we share with bacteria, genes that distinguish us from chimpanzees, genes that can condemn us to cruel diseases, genes that may influence our intelligence, genes that enable us to use grammatical language, genes that guide the development of our bodies and our brains, genes that allow us to remember, genes that exhibit the strange alchemy of nature and nurture, genes that parasitise us for their own selfish ends, genes that battle with one another and genes that record the history of human migrations.

From Huntington's disease to cancer, he explores the applications of genetics: the search for understanding and therapy, the horrors of eugenics and the philosophical implications for understanding the paradox of free will.

Author Biography: Matt Ridley is a former scienceeditor, Washington correspondent and U.S., editor for the 'Economist'. He is the author of 'The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature' and 'The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation'. He lives in England with his wife and two children.

Title : Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
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ISBN : 0060894083
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 344 pages


Kristin rated it ★★★★★

July 26, 2011

I wish I could give this book 6 stars! It's really fantastic, and I want to recommend it to EVERYONE, but in my heart I know the tone would bore some of my friends... I suggest thinking of the author/narrator as a cool guy you'd be friends with telling you all this information, instead of a nerdy...

طارق rated it ★★★☆☆

March 21, 2015

وأنا غارق في بحر هذا الكتاب, وجدتني لا شعوريا استحضر هذه الأبيات الحكيمة المنسوبة للإمام علي- عليه السلام: دواؤك فيك وما تشعر *** وداؤك منك وما تُبصر وتحسب أنّك جرم صغير*** وفيك انطوى العالم الأكبر وأنت الكتاب المبين الذي*** بأحرفه يظهر المُضمَر العجيب في الأمر أن المؤلف استخدم نفس التشبيه-الكتاب-...

Kay rated it ★★★★☆

October 03, 2011

A really great introduction to genetics. One of my friends, who studied chemistry in college, recommended the book to me. The book is divided into 23 chapters, representing the 23 different sets of chromosomes in the human body. The concept fascinated me, and I thought that if the author had enou...

Nehal rated it ★★★★☆

October 25, 2014

إنتهيت من قراءة أمتع كتاب علمى قرأته حتى الآن... كــ قارئة قبل ان اكون باحثة فى المجال العلمى تطرقت لقراءات متعددة وبأساليب مختلفة عن الجينوم وفى الغالب كنت اجدها تحمل الطابع العلمى البحت الجاف نوعاً ما وبالرغم من استعدادى للمعرفة الا اننى كنت اصاب بالملل ولابد من القراءة على فترات متقطعة .... لك...

Koen rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 23, 2015

I gave Ridley's The Red Queen five stars when I read it half a decade ago, and The Rational Optimist one (and a longish review) when I read it in 2011. Genome, his most famous book, isn't quite as awful as the latter, but Ridley's godawful politics shine through often enough to irritate. His insis...

رغد rated it ★★★★☆

November 07, 2015

لست معتادة على قراءة الكتب العلمية باللغة العربية، اقصد بالعلمية ما يندرج منها تحت الاختصاص الطبي، كنت قد واجهت الامرين مع قراءة علم النفس التطوري، وقررت أن ابحث عن تسخة انكليزية لافهم ما مكتوب فيه :D لكن هذا كتاب جميل، يستحق القراءة وبالتأكيد سيكون اكثر متعة حين الحصول على نسخته بلغة العلم الانك...

Douglas rated it ★★★★★

October 07, 2014

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 highlights a specific gene found on each of the 23 pairs of chromosomes. He repeatedly states that the...

Roy rated it ★★★☆☆

June 15, 2016

It is interesting to me how, despite our best efforts, our preconceptions can totally shape our experiences. I was impressed when two biology majors in my school independently recommended this to book to me. Must be good, I thought. So, in the interest of honesty, I must disclose that my inflated...

Abailart rated it ★★★★☆

August 30, 2011

Sometimes I have to stop after even a paragraph. It's a strong feeling of becoming enraptured by the information, connections and insights afforded by this extremely lucid and stimulating layperson's introduction to the human genome. An extremely compressed three page preface provides a glossary...

James rated it ★★★★★

July 09, 2017

This is a really great book - my only qualm is that it might be outdated now, as gene technology and science is moving so quickly forwards. Basically, if you want to know why you are here, what you are and what youre made of, this book has some pretty convincing answers. Fate, destiny, love, life...

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