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Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

by Matt Ridley
New York: Harper Perennial, 2006. 344 pages.

In his preface to Genome, Matt Ridley — the zoologist-turned-science-writer who wrote The Red Queen and The Origin of Virtue — describes the original plan for his book: "Why not try to tell the unfolding story of the human genome, now being discovered in detail for the first time, chromosome by chromosome, by picking a gene from each chromosome to fit the story as it is told?" And that is what precisely he did, in clear, instructive, and lively prose.

Genomes

edited by Hillary E. Sussman and Maria E. Smit
Woodbury, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2006. 475 pages.

From the publisher, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press: "Hundreds of genomes have been completely sequenced in the past decade, significantly advancing our understanding of genome structure and function. Genomes comprises a collection of review articles reprinted from the 10th Anniversary Issue of the journal Genome Research that captures the status of genomic research in a selection of model species — from microbes to human.

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