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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.
Informative. Fascinating. And just difficult enough to keep an average (non-scientist) reader on their toes. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Adrienne
Yawwwwn. I thought this would be a book about science taking you through the 23 chromosomes and each's function. Read morePublished 13 days ago by EmuSeller
As a molecular biologist, I read it for perspective. I think the average person would be surprised by the science and the content. It is well written and well grounded in sciencePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is so interesting, I would like to see more information in this lay person friendly format.Published 13 days ago by penny
A difficult read. i found this book to be very 'spotty', journalistic at times, at others densely academic and obscure to the point of being overdone. Read morePublished 19 days ago by GlevumGuy.
Well written for lay person to understand as well as a review for the science background.Published 19 days ago by Bobbie
Well written - I recently developed an interest in this subject and intend to reread this book in order to enhance my understanding of it. Read morePublished 19 days ago by dbmnj
Very interesting read. Ridley takes the approach of picking an interesting gene/protein from each chromosome and exploring in depth. Read morePublished 20 days ago by George Gaines
I gave Genome three stars because I found it hard going. I am not a scientist but I know a lot of science, but this volume had a lot of specialized science that was too tough for... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer