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Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters By Matt Ridley

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
by Matt Ridley

The genome is our 100,000 or so genes - a collective recipe for the building and running of the human body, sited across 23 pairs of chromosomes. This book discusses the genome, explaining that by looking at our genes we can see the story of our evolution and what makes us individual.
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Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters Summary


From the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling The Red Queen and The Origins of Virtue, Genome is set to be the most important investigation of genetic science since The Selfish Gene. The genome is our 100,000 or so genes. The genome is the collective recipe for the building and running of the human body. These 100,000 genes are sited across 23 pairs of chromosomes. Genome, a book of about 100,000 words, is divided into 23 chapters, a chapter for each chromosome. The first chromosome, for example, contains our oldest genes, genes which we have in common with plants. By looking at our genes we can see the story of our evolution, what makes us individual, how our sexuality is determined, how we acquire language, why we are vunerable to certain diseases, how mind has arisen. Genome also argues for the genetic foundations of free will. While many believe that genetics proves biological determinism, Ridley will show that in fact free will is itself in the genes. Everything that makes us human can be read in our genes. Early in the next century we will have determined the function of every one of these 100,000 genes.

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Sku
GOR001229060
Title
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Hardback
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Year published
Number of pages
352
ISBN 10
1857028341
ISBN 13
9781857028348
Prizes
Shortlisted for Aventis Prize for Science Books 2000. Shortlisted for Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2000. Shortlisted for Aventis Prizes for Science Books: General Prize 2000.
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