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The Genetic Code

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  17 reviews
An explanation of how DNA and RNA were discovered. It is written in layman's terms, and explained in an interesting way.
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Published January 2nd 1963 by Signet (first published 1962)
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Diego Sánchez Pérez
Estoy ante un libro de ciencias muy interesante para aprender sobre el ADN como también de otras moléculas celulares desde un punto de vista de un escritor de ciencia ficción, me parecio particular porque creo yo que para escribir novelas de ese género es genuino tener mucho conocimiento sobre la materia científica para escribir un libro como este para así más adelante escribir ficción a la vez que tenga un mínimo de respeto hacia la ciencia real. A pesar de no entender mucho de ciencias es un l ...more
Curtiss
Between this book and several of Asimov's other books obout Chemistry, the Good Doctor enabled me to pass eight credits' worth of college Chemistry without taking more than a single High School Chemistry course.
ilya murychev
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book which shows way of understanding of inner structure of the cell. Scientific methods of research of DNA, RNA etc. Protein production.
Charles
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Asimov is at his best, this time explaining DNA and the underlying genetic code in an easy to understand manner. He starts with the fundamentals of the language of chemistry, the symbols for the elements, diagrams of molecules and the basics of organic chemistry. Using this as the foundation, he then describes the structure of amino acids and how they combine to make proteins.
The next question is of course how cells “remember” the sequence of the amino acids in the proteins used to
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Senthil Kumaran
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the serious science books written by Asimov. Asimov takes you through the process of human genetics in a simple way, describing things like describing a character set. He gives a parallel of how 26 english alphabets can form infinite words and infinite sentences can be written, and so it applies that 4 gene characters like (ATGC) - Adeline, Thiamin, Guanine and Cytosine combine into words and form sentences that give multiple different characteristics in life forms. Asimov takes t ...more
Jeroen Delcour
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the clearest introduction to genetics I've ever read. It requires no background knowledge of biology or chemistry, yet by the end of only a few hundred pages you'll know the structure of DNA (and more importantly why is has such a structure), amino acids and how they form proteins, and how the two are related. There's lots of drawings of the important chemical structures and how fit together. Plus, a short history of how it was all discovered.

It obviously doesn't include dis
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Robu-sensei
Oct 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who already has a strong biology background & is interested in the history of science
Shelves: asimov, 2008, biology
In The Genetic Code, Dr. Asimov carefully and lucidly provides the scientific background necessary to appreciate the elegant mechanism by which a sequence of DNA nucleotides is translated into a series of amino acids in a protein molecule—work that, at the time of publishing in 1963, was still very far from complete. Because much of the molecular biology in this book is dated or obsolete, I do not recommend this book to anyone who lacks a thorough knowledge of the "central dogma" of molecular biology ...more
Pepe
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Asimov non è stato solo un grande romanziere ma anche, era laureato in chimica e biologia, un notevole divulgatore scientifico. Il codice genetico è un brillante esempio di quell'attività divulgativa che diverrà preponderante negli anni sessanta. Libro tecnico ma chiaro e godibile, ripercorre la tappe che portarono alla scoperta del DNA e ci introduce ai meccanismi di replicazione del codice e produzione delle proteine. Unica avvertenza, "Il codice genetico" è del '62 e in oltre quarant'anni mol ...more
Curtiss
A look at the discovery of the Genetic Code and its importance as the basis of human heredity.

Between this book and several of Asimov's other books about Chemistry, the Good Doctor enabled me to pass eight credits' worth of college Chemistry without taking more than a single High School Chemistry course.
Mike
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
An explanation of how DNA and RNA were discovered. It is written in layman's terms, and explained in an interesting way. The information is dated, but it provides good insight into how the scientific research was done up to that point.
Jishnu Bhattacharya
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People interested in science
Shelves: popular-science
The best part of this book is that it walks through the science, the failures especially and how they shaped the present understanding. Brilliant read.
Steve Carroll
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Concise explanation of how DNA / RNA work combined with the tale of the progression of discoveries that lead to our current understanding.
Joe B
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asimov is certainly one of science's best expositors. This book is a bit old now, but the writing is still rings clear as a bell. So many permutations!!
Ayla Ayala
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genial!
elstaffe
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounds up to 4 stars. An interesting historical document if nothing else (and there is a great deal of else).
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works publish
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