Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley (Paperback, 2000)
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- DescriptionThe most important investigation of genetic science since The Selfish Gene, from the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling The Red Queen and The Origins of Virtue. The geme is our 100,000 or so genes. The geme is the collective recipe for the building and running of the human body. These 100,000 genes are sited across 23 pairs of chromosomes. Geme, 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. Geme 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.
- Author BiographyMatt Ridley received his BA and D Phil at Oxford researching the evolution of behaviour. He has been science editor, Washington correspondent and American editor of The Economist. He has a regular column in the Daily Telegraph. He is also the author of The Red Queen (1993) and The Origins of Virtue (1996). Matt Ridley is currently the chairman of The International Centre for Life.
- PrizesShortlisted for Aventis Prize for Science Books 2000 and Aventis Prizes for Science Books: General Prize 2000 and Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2000.
- Author(s)Matt Ridley
- PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
- Date of Publication16/03/2000
- SubjectPopular Science
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintFourth Estate Ltd
- Weight250 g
- Width130 mm
- Height197 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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