the Mysterious World Of The Human Genome
by Frank Ryan
- Biology, Evolution and Paleontology
Ascent of the genome
How does the minuscule chemical cluster in each of our 100 trillion cells create and maintain our bodies? The latest research into the human genome has yielded thrilling new discoveries that are revealing how the DNA and related chemical compounds in our cells work together to direct the processes of life.
Physician and evolutionary biologist Frank Ryan describes how the genome operates as a holistic system and not solely through genes coding for proteins-the building blocks of life. He also explores the elaborate switching mechanisms that regulate and control portions of our DNA, as well as the interplay of retroviruses and bacteria.
This groundbreaking book charts one of the most momentous scientific breakthroughs of our time.
"Frank Ryan has written the ultimate DNA memoir. In a lively, entertaining voice, Ryan takes us back to a time when no one knew where our hereditary information was kept, and then he puts us on a rollicking ride to the present. On the way, we learn about the evolution of genomes, the genomes of our ancestors, epigenetics, how DNA works, and how although most DNA doesn't code for proteins, this does not make it junk DNA. This is a great read for both nonscientists and scientists who had their biology classes more than ten years ago."-Marc Zimmer, author of Illuminating Disease: An Introduction to Green Fluorescent Proteins
"A first-class introduction to one of the greatest scientific projects and discoveries of our time. On this informative, balanced, and truly exciting journey, we are taken through our inner biology and on to such important topics as our relationship to other members of our family tree. Well worth reading and well worth passing on to students."-Michael Ruse, Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, Florida State University, and author of Defining Darwin: Essays on the History and Philosophy of Evolutionary Biology
About the Author
Dr. Frank Ryan is the bestselling author of The Forgotten Plague?a New York Times Book of the Year?and Darwin's Blind Spot, which was recommended by Charlie Munger at the 2003 Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. A consultant physician based in Sheffield, Ryan pioneered the evolutionary concepts of "viral symbiosis" and "genomic creativity" and has contributed to the modern understanding of the evolution of the human genome.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||February 16, 2016|