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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,595 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matt Ridley Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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