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Genome

Narrated by: Paul Matthews
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Popular scientist Matt Ridley is renowned as much for accessibility as for learning. Following the success of The Red Queen and The Origins of Virtue, Genome is a Sunday Times top 10 best seller and a Guardian Book of the Year.

Genome unravels the secrets of human nature without the usual reams of technical jargon. It shows outstanding breakthroughs in gene research, how we've gone from knowing almost nothing to knowing almost everything, and how our genes reveal more about our past, our evolution, and even our minds. Every important event in human history is written into our genes, whether it happened four billion or a few hundred years ago. All you need to know is where to look.

©1999 Matt Ridley (P)2000 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • Papa Domingo
  • 17-03-2019

Astounding, even 19 years after publishing!

As a Master's student in molecular biology, the level of detail in this book was sufficient to stave off boredom, yet is presented in a style that is accessible to those with limited prior knowledge of genetics or biology. This is partly achieved by the author's concerted effort to minimalise the use of jargon, which would undoubtedly deter many readers (or listeners, as the case may be). Despite the incredible progress that has been made since this book was written, it is still relevant and accurate, as Ridley has been careful not to jump to any premature conclusions from the knowledge that was available to him at the time. I finally got round to getting this as an audiobook after letting the print copy gather dust on my bookshelf for a couple of years and listening to it was a rewarding experience. Excellent content and brilliant narration. For anyone who enjoys this and has not read Matt Ridley's "The Red Queen", that book is also a timeless classic and a thrilling read, accessible to all interested people regardless of existing levels of knowledge.