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Readers unfamiliar with the jargon of genetic research needn't fear; Ridley provides a quick, clear guide to the few words and concepts he must use to translate hard science into English. His writing is informal, relaxed, and playful, guiding the reader so effortlessly through our 23 chromosomes that by the end we wish we had more. He believes that the Human Genome Project will be as world-changing as the splitting of the atom; if so, he is helping us prepare for exciting times--the hope of a cure for cancer contrasts starkly with the horrors of newly empowered eugenicists. Anyone interested in the future of the body should get a head start with the clever, engrossing Genome. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about evoulution, the human genome project, and genetics in general.
On the other hand, the bibliography of this book is presented in a very original and interesting way, it makes you want to read several of the books the author read.
This book is extremely well written and Mr. Ridley does a wonderful job of explaining very complex scientific information in clear and enjoyable prose.
This book was written just after the human genome was completed. There is a lot missing in it. Discoveries of the last fifteen years or so, for example. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Wit-knee
The book offers a fascinating guided tour of the human genome in 22 chapters, one for each of the 23 chromosomes in the human genome (the sex chromosomes X and Y are covered in a... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Sujit Pal
An extremely interesting book, based on the 23 pairs of human chromosome. Not a scientific book, it is a journalistic work for the common public. Filled with lessons and knowledge. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric Mascarin Perigault
The structure of the book is rather clever: each chapter focuses on one chromosome. This format allows Ridley to expand the metaphor that the human genome is a book: each... Read morePublished 1 month ago by wormspermgrrl
This book was required reading for my Anthro 201 class. I was skeptical, prepared for a dry read, and I couldn't have been more wrong. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alex Rosenfeld
Informative on a difficult subject most people don't know enough about. I'll read and underline parts of it again.
I had to read this book as part of a college anthropology class, but I'm very glad I did.
Not only did I learn an immense amount of interesting facts about the human... Read more
This book was summer reading for my daughter's class. She found it interesting and would say it was her favorite of all the summer reading she had to do!Published 3 months ago by Carissa
This book is like taking a course on a fascinating subject with a very average professor who sometimes brings in amazing guest lecturers. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joan