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The Agile Gene: How Nature Turns on Nurture Paperback – July 6, 2004

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“Fascinating and important information from the world of science.” -- New York Times Book Review

“Proposes a new way of looking at an ongoing debate.” -- Washington Post Book World

“An engrossing study of what makes us who we are … conveyed with insight and style.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Ridley is simply one of the best science writers in the business.” -- Hartford Courant

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“Thoughtful and entertaining.” -- Salon.com

“Matt Ridley breathes new life into the old debate of heredity versus environment. He deftly examines subjects as diverse as sexual identity, political theory, and psychotic behavior. This book will both edify and excite the intelligent reader.” -- Jerome Groopman, M.D.

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Matt Ridley is the author of books that have sold well over a million copies in 32 languages: THE RED QUEEN, THE ORIGINS OF VIRTUE, GENOME, NATURE VIA NURTURE, FRANCIS CRICK, THE RATIONAL OPTIMIST, THE EVOLUTION OF EVERYTHING, and HOW INNOVATION WORKS. In his bestseller GENOME and in his biography of Francis Crick, he showed an ability to translate the details of genomic discoveries into understandable and exciting stories. During the current pandemic, he has written essays for the Wall Street Journal and The Spectator about the origin and genomics of the virus. His most recent WSJ piece appeared on January 16, 2021. He is a member of the House of Lords in the UK. 


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (July 6, 2004)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 006000679X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0060006792
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.31 x 0.79 x 8 inches
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