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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.
Evidently it is the world telling us we can do what we want, that gives us the gift of free will.
This book is extremely well written and Mr. Ridley does a wonderful job of explaining very complex scientific information in clear and enjoyable prose.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about evoulution, the human genome project, and genetics in general.
I like this book but the tone is occasionally irritating, I prefer a less emotional tone, just the facts, and some interesting stories, that would be better than whipping it up... Read morePublished 1 month ago by UpQuarkMom
This really is a great book. I found it very interesting and pretty easy to read as someone who was not well read in the subject at the time.Published 1 month ago by Scott
Having read a lot of science books, I often find that science authors who are not scientists muddy the facts when writing science based books, or the opposite occurs where a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marco
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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 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.