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4.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 5 4.06 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matt Ridley Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN:
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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 23 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 2/18/2014

    " Nice in-depth exploration of some key genetic concepts. Ridley certainly knows his stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Zierhart | 2/11/2014

    " Excellent read on the unlocking of the human genome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katja | 2/10/2014

    " A very good next read after "The Selfish Gene". Having read "Genome" you'll probably want to register at 23andme and find out more about your own DNA. The book is not only a collection of curious facts about genes, presented without the annoying sensationalism often found in the media (like "intelligence gene found!") . It also introduces several interesting theories and explains some of the challenges of modern (well, decade-ago) genetics. A few times I was missing an illustration and some claims looked strange and lacked a reference (for example, that unpeeled bananas are good for abdominal cancer), hence 4.5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 2/9/2014

    " I loved this book. I had hardly any knowledge of genetics before I picked this up, but I found it totally accessible and not at all condescending. It was fascinating, and made me want to learn more about the subject. The author's palpable enthusiasm for his topic was very contagious. I strongly recommend, especially for those who are beginners to the field. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 2/5/2014

    " For me, genetics is a fascinating branch of study, and Matt Ridley lays a wonderful foundation for understanding the basic ideas, history, and implications of this field. I think it would be of easy-medium difficulty for a person to read who has little to no background in biology. The human genome project is very impressive, and much more has been discovered since this book was written, so some facts are hazy or out-dated, but this book is worthwhile for anyone to read. Ridley breaks the book into 23 chapters, one for each pair of chromosomes in the human body. Each chapter focuses on a specific area on which genes have a minor to major effect, such as intelligence and free will. An amazing and enlightening read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Petrina | 1/26/2014

    " A very readable science tome which has been updated since it's original 1999 release. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/9/2014

    " Though only 15 years old, some of the information in this book is already plainly out of date--particularly the bits on "junk" DNA. Nonetheless, it is a gripping and highly informative read--a great introduction to the fascinating, complex, and curious world of the human genome. After reading it, you'll never again think of a placenta in quite the same way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 12/25/2013

    " An excellent account of genetics and the human chromosome, one which details what we know and what we don't know about DNA and the human body. Along with "The Agile Gene: How Nature Turns on Nurture" by Ridley, it's an excellent introduction to genetics for the layperson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 12/15/2013

    " If you want to know a bit about DNA, but don't want a whole genetics class, try this book. The author is a non-theist, but if you can get past his personal beliefs, the science is very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Trowbridge | 12/10/2013

    " Listening to this book via Audible. Interesting to see how far gene mapping has come since the days when I worked in Genetics research. Have to read this one with a critical eye (or in my case, listen with a critical ear). Have to discern speculation from data (facts). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 12/6/2013

    " Ridley is probably the most entertaining science writer out there, next to Sagan. He has an uncanny talent for making abstruse topics breezy. Each chapter is a particular gene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charity | 11/21/2013

    " Absolutely loved this book, but that's because I love genetics. I know, I know, I'm a nerd! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Justin | 10/30/2013

    " This was a good overview of human genetics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doctordave | 9/23/2013

    " Not being a biologist, I love it when an author can make biology (which as a particle physicist, I consider unimaginably complex and mystifying) accessible. I plan to read everything Ridley has ever written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 9/4/2013

    " I enjoyed this a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S. Baker | 8/27/2013

    " If truth is a shining light, Genome is a Super Trooper and one I will return to on a regular basis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 4/25/2013

    " If you are a bio nerd like myself, you will love the non-technical information about the human genome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Farah Ghazal | 4/14/2013

    " so exciting , I didn't even feel the time how it passed while reading .. the author has a special way to persuade you in addition to his simple explaining examples .. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lina Siyam | 3/7/2013

    " I thought it will be interesting .. Make me understand all the 23 chromosomes in easy and simple way .. as a story or something .. But it's NOT! Boring -_- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PastAllReason | 9/24/2012

    " Readable and interesting for a lay-person like myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Astrila | 9/21/2012

    " This is pretty cool - it tells you what each of our chromosomes does, in a funny way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gene Cords | 6/29/2012

    " The writer captures the detail and the wonder of the Genome factor without missing a beat on the science. Gems of information throughout bring a smile. The mechanics of us is fascinating and the current news updates only confirm what I had read in this book. Amazing stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lloyd | 12/13/2011

    " Great book!!!! A tad technical at times, but you would'nt be reading it, if u never knew what u were getting yourself into. I love the way Ridley has transformed biological concepts and theories into a tangible story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chizu Nakamura | 12/8/2011

    " This book enlightened me on genetics in more familiar terms. Some are really philosophical but I assume all science are connected in some level. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzy | 10/24/2011

    " Fascinating story told brilliantly. Completely changed my understanding of genetics. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adebayo Oyagbola | 8/16/2011

    " How it all came together and what is known of the elements of the human genome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yasser Mohammad | 8/12/2011

    " Nice introduction even though some of the ideas are outdated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ron | 5/6/2011

    " Problem is, this was published in 1995, so some of it is already outdated, and the valid stuff I've already read elsewhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesus | 2/7/2011

    " If you liked the selfish gene you will like this, while inferior in many aspects. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 1/10/2011

    " Oh deary me - I tried reading this I really did and it was VERY interesting but then I had other things to do so gave up. I think it's something you could dip in to every once in a while when you feel the need to read something intellectual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 12/19/2010

    " in depth theories about how sex arose in evolution and the side effects that came with it. interesting but runs a little long "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 11/3/2010

    " Very clearly defines many human behaviors in clear evolutionary terms (ala Dawkins). Definitely worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 10/6/2010

    " I learned little that I hadn't already been introduced to but enjoyed Ridley's style of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 9/5/2010

    " A little older now but a great book that explains a lot about the position of sex in the evolutionary strategies. Highly recommended. "

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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 over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.