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Language of the Genes

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Steve Jones's highly acclaimed, double prize-winning, bestselling first book is now fully revised to cover all the new genetic breakthroughs from GM food to Dolly the sheep.'An essential sightseer's guide to our own genetic terrain.' Peter Tallack, Sunday Telegraph 'Superb and exhilarating trip around the double spiral of DNA, a rush of gravity-defying con ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1993)
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I bought this book back in 1994.It still remains a good introduction to the ever-changing (updating***), ever-challenging field which is Genetics.

I got used watching Steve on TV: his circumspect look, his travels the world around; his revolutionary questions and ideas,namely: females as superior to males,genetically (see his book Y: The Descent of Men).

Well, ...back to the Language ...of genes. It's a book full of facts:historical, linguistic,biological ones; ...and from there some speculatio
Pretty decent read. A lot of focus on the social issues raised by genetics - the major takeaway from this book for me. I found other authors' descriptions of evolution and genetics more lucid, and the book is also a little outdated, but the discussions on the social ramifications and the history of how humans have dealt with it, and a discussion on the future of humankind were really interesting.
The Language of Genes by Dr. Steve Jones is not a textbook in genetics, but rather an expose on how the the study of genetics began and why (to prove bloodlines in royalty). He is thorough in covering the field of genetics, beginning his tour with Mendel's peas and taking us to the Human Genome Project (which was only in the inital stages at the writing of this book). Dr. Jones is a professor of genetics at University College in London and the editor of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolut ...more
Sometimes, historical science is fascinating. Though much of this still applies, much is now outdated, and his open skepticism about the human genome project fascinating, as is his claim that it cost $150 to sequence the cystic fibrosis gene and that he knew someone who said automation might increase speed 100 fold and reduce cost a hundred fold. Even if sequencing cost 1/100th of that, it would still be $1.5 for a single gene, compared to the actual cost of $5-10000 for an entire cell
Also, he w
Ruby Hollyberry
This is half a generation old now, and there are some incorrect statements as a result. The world of genetics, PARTICULARLY human genetics, has certainly changed a lot in 15 years! However it is a wonderful read, and has endless fascinating bits of trivia that inspire me to go research something further every time I reread it.

Also I love the author's voice, and thoroughly appreciate the rarity of pop science written by a talented writer. I love to read about science but I am very picky about re
Reem Bazian
good book , many things change now, but still good to read & to know how can genetics effect our life , thoughts. ....the writer seem honest with him self & with us but am against his admission or giving him Palestine the name " Israel" especially when he is against Injustice...
an excellent view of how genes work and what can be attributed to genes - 15 yrs old but still valid and easy informative reading
Kirsty Darbyshire
Very, very readable science; really, really interesting. Must read more of Jones's books.
Temi Abimbola
Great book, but a little outdated
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John Stephen Jones is a Welsh geneticist and from 1995 to 1999 and 2008 to June 2010 was Head of the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. His studies are conducted in the Galton Laboratory. He is also a television presenter and a prize-winning author on the subject of biology, especially evolution. He is one of the contemporary popular writers on evolutio ...more
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