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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matt Ridley Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9780062073105
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The genome's been mapped.
But what does it mean?

Arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome raises almost as many questions as it answers. Questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free will. Questions that will affect the rest of your life.

Genome offers extraordinary insight into the ramifications of this incredible breakthrough. By picking one newly discovered gene from each pair of chromosomes and telling its story, Matt Ridley recounts the history of our species and its ancestors from the dawn of life to the brink of future medicine. From Huntington's disease to cancer, from the applications of gene therapy to the horrors of eugenics, Matt Ridley probes the scientific, philosophical, and moral issues arising as a result of the mapping of the genome. It will help you understand what this scientific milestone means for you, for your children, and for humankind.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is a nearly jargon-free expedition that hops from one human chromosome to the next in search of the most delightful stories.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A dazzling work of popular science, offering clarity and inspirationWitty erudition.” 


  • “An exciting voyage…very much up-to-date…Ridley includes just the right amount of history and personal anecdote to spice up the science. He’s a good storyteller.” 

    Scientific America

  • “A fascinating tour of the human genome…if you want to catch a glimpse of the biotech century that is now dawning…Genome is an excellent place to start.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A superb writer whose exquisite, often moving descriptions of life’s designs remind me of the best work of the late Lewis Thomas…He crafts some of the clearest explanations of complex biological processes that I have ever encountered…He captures their slippery beauty.” 

    Washington Post Book World

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Nonfiction
  • A 2000 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Science and Technology
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About the Author
Author Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley’s books have been short-listed for six literary awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His book The Agile Gene: How Nature Turns on Nurture won the award for the best science book published in 2003 from the National Academies of Science. He has been a scientist, a journalist, and a national newspaper columnist, and he is the chairman of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle, England. He is also a visiting professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.