Genome: The Autobiography Of Species In 23 Chapters: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

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Genome: The Autobiography Of Species In 23 Chapters: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

Genome: The Autobiography Of Species In 23 Chapters: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

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Modified animals such as chimeric mice facilitate the testing of human genes to find out how they work. The book was welcomed by critics in journals such as Nature and newspapers including The New York Times.

Ridley was educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford where he received a doctorate in zoology before commencing a career in journalism.

As for writing about the human genome in an accessible and enjoyable way – this is a particularly drastic challenge.

The hypocritical chapter on eugenics, which decries the practice despite being sandwiched between two chapters implicitly defending it, is likely to annoy even people who don't particularly care about gender issues, and any remaining patience I had for Ridley he lost when he quoted Gould on IQ. There is also quite a bit of history, and not just the usual mention of Darwin on the Galapagos islands with his finches. Rather, the reader feels like she has just read several science sections of the New York Times back to back. Mukherjee and Kean focus a lot on the history, while Ridley stays more on the science and less about the history.This reviewer has a physics background and expects biology-based popular science to often be an necessary chore rather than a pleasure – this is a definite exception!

Quite a lot of the stuff in this book has been covered in other books I have read, most notably by Richard Dawkins, however the writing was fresh and I learned a hell of a lot of stuff throughout this book.

Ridley does not accept that dichotomy, saying that neither of those control absolutely and free will resides in the interaction between those two extremes. And my very white mother would have been extremely surprised to see on the map that her forbears wandered around in central and northern Africa for thousands of years before making it up to the Balkans and then to the Baltic Sea and over into Finland and the British Isles. The chapters are numbered for the pairs of human chromosomes, one pair being the X and Y sex chromosomes, so the numbering goes up to 22 with Chapter X and Y couched between Chapters 7 and 8.

The principles of what had seemed a highly esoteric field became much clearer and more straightforward.He argues that behaviour is in the short term unpredictable, but "broadly" predictable in the long term. What I appreciated the most, though, was that Ridley also pushes further to describe the ramifications of the disease—should doctors tell a patient that they have the disease and that they will develop symptoms at a certain age?

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