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

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Название Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
Автор произведения Matt Ridley
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      The autobiography of a species in 23 chapters

      Matt Ridley



      William Collins

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      This edition published by Harper Perennial 2004

      First published in Great Britain in 1999 by Fourth Estate Limited


      Copyright © Matt Ridley 1999


      Matt Ridley asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work.


      A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.


      The author is grateful to the following publishers for permission to reprint brief extracts: Harvard University Press for four extracts from Nancy Wexler’s article in The code of codes, edited by D. Kevles and R. Hood (pp. 62 – 9); Aurum Press for an extract from The gene hunters by William Cookson (p. 78); Macmillan Press for extracts from Philosophical essays by A. J. Ayer (p. 338) and What remains to be discovered by J. Maddox (p. 194); W. H. Freeman for extracts from Narrow roads of gene land by W. D. Hamilton (p. 131); Oxford University Press for extracts from The selfish gene by Richard Dawkins (p. 122) and Fatal protein by Rosalind Ridley and Harry Baker (p. 285); Weidenfeld and Nicolson for an extract from One renegade cell by Robert Weinberg (p. 237). The author has made every effort to obtain permission for all other extracts from published work reprinted in this book.

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      ‘This is a spectacular book.’ Spectator

      ‘This is as absorbing a read as any science-fiction novel but it is dealing with the horizon of real knowledge. Barely a page passes without a new morsel of knowledge brought with almost breathless enthusiasm from academic journals by Matt Ridley.’ Sunday Herald

      ‘Ridley is a raconteur, skilled at telling vivid stories of discoveries and amassing facts.’ New Scientist

      ‘Genome offers one of the most perceptive and lively accounts of what we are learning – and might find out in the future – about the book of man.’ Prospect

      ‘A lucid and exhilarating romp through our human chromosomes that lets us see how nature and nurture combine to make us human.’ James Watson, author of The Double Helix

      ‘Genome, like the best of popular science, is both an exciting scientific exploration and a sheer pleasure to read.’ Yorkshire Post

      ‘Readers will find this book difficult to put down.’ New Humanist

      Books of the Year 1999


      ‘Matt Ridley’s Genome lives up to the high standard of The Red Queen and The Origins of Virtue. This makes it very good indeed, for Ridley is a leader among today’s highly successful scientist authors. Intelligence, Disease, Immortality, Eugenics…23 topics of particular human interest are tied to our 23 chromosomes. The 23 chapters brim with Ridley’s customary stylish wit and cool insouciance. The book appears appropriately in the closing year of Watson and Crick’s century, which is about to culminate in the finished Human Genome Project.’ Richard Dawkins, Guardian

      ‘Matt Ridley’s Genome is as elegant, as unpatronising and lucid as a layman could desire. Blessed are the users of plain language, for they shall be read.’ Miranda Seymour, Independent

      ‘Genome makes accessible a subject that is far too important to be left to the boffins and the doctors. It’s elegant, lucid, formidably well informed and, above all, human.’ Jane Ridley, Spectator

       For my parents and my children

      Table of Contents

       Cover Page

       Title Page

       Chromosome 7 - Instinct

       Chromosome 8 - Conflict