Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

By Matt Ridley

The genome's been mapped.
But what does it mean?

Arguably the main major medical discovery of the recent century, the mapping of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome increases nearly as many questions because it solutions. Questions that might profoundly influence the best way we expect approximately illness, approximately durability, and approximately loose will. Questions that might have an effect on the remainder of your life.

Genome deals impressive perception into the ramifications of this amazing leap forward. by means of deciding on one newly came across gene from every one pair of chromosomes and telling its tale, Matt Ridley recounts the background of our species and its ancestors from the sunrise of existence to the threshold of destiny drugs. From Huntington's affliction to melanoma, from the purposes of gene treatment to the horrors of eugenics, Matt Ridley probes the clinical, philosophical, and ethical matters bobbing up due to the mapping of the genome. it is going to assist you comprehend what this clinical milestone potential for you, in your childrens, and for humankind.

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