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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Trade Sales Dept; 1 edition (Jan. 20 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060194979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060194970
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #259,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on July 4 2010
Format: Paperback
As soon as I finished reading this book, I started all over again - something I've never done before. Partly to ensure I really had grasped some of the key learning points, and partly just to enjoy the writing style of the author (what a gift he has for translating deep academic research into a compelling story!)

It was packed full of facts and explanations of how cells, protein & DNA all work together - something I never did at school over 30 years ago. But this is no text book. As other reviewers have explained, this reads like 23 short stories - one for each chromosome.

After reading "The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins I found that "Genome" was a great complement to my new interest in genetics and how DNA enables evolution. With a great nod of respect to Dawkins, if you only read one book on the subject of DNA or genetics - read "Genome".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "biostatnerd" on Oct. 22 2002
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Ridley is a good writer and it's a compelling read. However, his approach is far too similar to the approach taken by others who have a story to tell - and whose story trumps facts. And he is unabashed about this endeavor. He specifically states in the introduction that he took his ideas about human nature and then went looking for genes within each chromosome to support his story. Not exactly the ideal of the scientific method. But at least he's honest about it. Anyway, if you enjoy books like Diamond's "Guns, Germs, and Steel" in which nature is brought into conformity with the author's vision, you'll probably like this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 7 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an often interesting, readable book. But the author just uses the genome foundation to write often arbitrary essays on human beings. It's not really as advertised. And he's really opinionated at times. He makes the claim that lactose tolerant groupings of people WILLED their genes to become lactose tolerant. (I'd like to will my DNA to need no sleep...)That's a really outrageous claim. And in the final chapter, 22, on free will, he is so adamant that parents have NOTHING to do with how a child develops emotionally, that it is all PEER pressure and genes that shape a child...he sounds like a parent who has problem children and is desperate to point the finger at anyone but himself. He sites a study that showed STEP-children of abusers did not abuse their own children, showing that abusers got the tendency to abuse from their abusing parents only genetically. Okay. But what about the link between people suffering from multiple personality disorder invariably being the victims of child abuse? Is multiple personality disorder purely a genetic phenomenon? Mr. Ridley would argue it is. But the evidence is that multiple personality disorder is a result of abuse. I mean there is BROAD and solid documentation of parents shaping a child's emotional life. If parents didn't, then we should never feel sorry for orphans. But the author SINCERELY claims that children shape the emotional lives of their parents more than the other way around. The fact is the human childhood is so long, compared to other animals, BECAUSE the child needs shaping by his parents. And when that shaping goes awry...the parents can be to blame. Chapter 22 basically gives parents permission to be really really really lousy parents, and not to feel bad...because if the kids end up in rehab: hey, you had nothing to do with it!Read more ›
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sabina82 on Dec 10 2004
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I picked up this book in a book buying frenzy this past summer. I am in my last year of a degree in biology, so to me this book was from the outset inherently interesting. I might therefore have a pretty biased view. I loved it. As other reviewers have noted, some areas did not seem quite right (ie. his research was lacking, or he over simplified some aspect), but for the most part I loved his writing style and his ability to uncover the wonder behind the lab report. Now, I frequently read all kinds of scientific mumbo-jumbo of course, but this book was like candy. It reminded me why I love science so much. I can't think of anything more exciting or mysterious than the complexities of life. I immediately pursuaded my father, who is in business and knows some but not a lot about biology, to read it.
Buy one for a friend, so you can read it together and discuss the chapters. If you don't already know much about the genome, this book will blow your mind. Get ready to see what all us science geeks are so excited about! =)
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By J. F Treml on May 20 2004
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this was a great book to read because it is a compilation of vignettes. it's easy to read one or two in a sitting and then let it rest for a day, a week or a month. i wouldn't say that this book was a favorite of mine, but i'm glad i read it.
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"Evolution is the thing and Darwin is the man."
This is the sentence my college English professor emailed to me several years ago. And right he was. Today, scientists are prying deep into our genetic vaults, finding clues to our past that Matt Ridley claims are leaving the scientists breathless. Prions, junk DNA, parasites in our genome, and little genetic ins and outs tell the tale of how homo sapiens left company with other Earthly organisms millions of years ago. We thought we were advanced when we split the atom, broke the speed of sound, and landed on the moon. We were not even started then: now, we have mapped our own genome onto a computer disc.
Matt Ridley is well educated, and he has done his gruntwork as a writer for the Economist, making his explanatory skills superb. He tells the tale of a "briefly abundant, relatively hairless primate out of Africa" with wit and skill, aligning his book along twenty-three chapters (like our chromosomes). There is fine explanation about how DNA works, what parts of this complicated "filament" do what, and how male genes "invade" a woman's body and build a placenta. In between this fascinating material are quotes from Alexander Pope and Francis Crick, among others. Ridley also explains the "homeobox" genes, the ones that "tell" other genes where to go during the building of an embryo. We share these development genes with flies and mice, causing Ridley to remark that "at the level of the embryo, we are glorified flies." Ahh, human vanity...
For anyone with a casual or serious interest in what one reviewer called "the most portentous natural truth that science has yet discovered," Matt Ridley's Genome is a great read. His prose is clear and his sense of humor peppers this most deep, beautiful, and disturbing of all human subjects: our very selves.
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