Genome

I’ve been slowly reading the book “Genome,” written by Matt Ridley, over the last few months, and I’m impressed.  It’s one of those kind of easier reads, sort of for people like me who are interested in specific scientific fields but aren’t super geniuses and have other things to do besides study genes, like socialize and write blogs and stuff.  It maps the chromosomes, in a questionable but still kind of neet chromosome by chromosome, chapter by chapter fashion, and documents the history that has led to the discovery of the genome and the barriers that played a part in slowing this discovery.  The best part is that it does so as if he were writing a letter to a friend, so rather than having the feeling that you’re reading out of a textbook, it’s like you’re hearing about the events as if the someone was there throughout.  The events are detailed enough to get a clean picture of what happened all these years that people have been studying genetics.  The anecdotes and personal thoughts of the author bring the tale out of the realm of strictly informative, and into a new light, one that feels a little closer to home than a textbook.  Maybe we can see the “Genome” graphic novel in the future.  Would I be the only one to buy a copy, or can we assume genetics researchers would also get a kick out of it?  Probably.  Don’t hold your breath.  Just get the regular book.

This is the one I bought. New fancy cover and everything.

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