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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 24 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 18, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004JNNTT8
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Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters Audiobook – Original recording
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Some of the common errors:
-"The" replaced with "die,"
-"1" replaced with "i" (think "the years i957-i960")
-"tl" regularly replaced with "d" (think "Aristode" and "litde")
-Headings appear randomly in the text ("GENOME 157" in the middle of a sentence)
If you don't mind sentences like "Aristode discovered die GENOME 157 idea," (not an actual quote, but a representation of the regular errors) go for it. In science, however, names really matter. These types of errors render the entire text unreliable. Ever want to quote that interesting thing you learned? Well don't, because the book might have gotten the name wrong through a typo and you'll look like an idiot rather than a smarty-pants who reads scholarly books on the weekend.
I think there are enough reviews of the text itself to give a potential buyer a good idea of what they can expect, so I won't go into much other than the fact that I read these types of books regularly, and while I would definitely read it again (interesting ideas), I felt like I was trudging through the text. The author is particularly fond of letting you know he just lied to you or made something up, sometimes to demonstrate his points. Just like every gene should not be expressed, every idea that enters an author's mind shouldn't make it to the final print. So there you have it, an interesting but flawed production that could use some encouragement from natural selection.
A little more background into the process of extracting and identifying DNA would have been appreciated. Although this information may have not been complete at the time of the original publishing, in 2013 DNA was commonly used in criminal and civil courts, as well as some daytime talk shows.
Secondly, while I can appreciate the author's interjection of humor to lighten some of the heavier passages, it seems to happen too frequently and ends up detracting. In particular, a few analogies seem to be taken a bit too far after the point has been clearly made.
Lastly, the subject of Gene therapy (treatments) could use a better explanation of how the mechanism works to get the altered genes into the code of the patient.
Otherwise, it is an enjoyable read and an good introduction to the subject matter.
I have two issues with this recently published book. The first is that the material seems to be dated to about 2000 or so as indicated by several references made in the body of the text. A quick perusal of the bibliography shows references as late as 1998. So I am assuming this 2000 vintage book has just been digitized for consumption on ereaders which, if so, should have been flagged for the consumer. This leads me to my second issue which is that the digitization of this book has numerous errors which does not make it unreadable but is distracting to say the least.
All that being said, I found the book to be captivating and wish Ridley would provide an updated version to reflect the tremendous progress that has occurred in the field of genetics over the past 13 years.
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