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The Revolutionary Phenotype: The amazing story of how life begins and how it ends

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The Revolutionary Phenotype is a science book that brings us four billion years into the past, when the first living molecules showed up on Planet Earth. Unlike what was previously thought, we learn that DNA-based life did not emerge from random events in a primordial soup. Indeed, the first molecules of DNA were fabricated by a previous life form. By describing the fascin ...more
Kindle Edition, 133 pages
Published December 7th 2018
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A Young Philosopher
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I hope that this book becomes very efficient at replicating as a meme so that we DNA replicators do not become slaves of a revolutionary phenotype, a new replicator of our own creation . . .
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, easy-to-follow introduction to the theory of Revolutionary Phenotypes for the origin of DNA based life on Earth. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the latest theories of Biology, the consequences of genetic modification in humans, or the long term viability of humanity.

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Claus Brinker
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
JF provides an interesting theory of how DNA became the dominant machine for life reproduction on earth. He extrapolates from this theory to predict possibilities for humanity and the eventual phasing out of DNA in place of some new mechanism for reproduction.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is really about one idea, a pretty solid extension of the Selfish Gene from Dawkins. It's a little intentionally overcomplicated in presentation (including coining a bunch of gratuitous new words, largely starting with Q), but the core idea is good. Essentially, it is an argument that different systems of information recording/transmission, if they are placed in the path of replication, can end up taking over. Proteins produced by RNA, RNA produced by DNA were the existing examples, an ...more
William Floyd
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chillin' thoughts presented in a elegant way. ...more
Gary Erickson
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sci-Fi is back, with real science.
Dr. Jean-François Gariépy's theory stresses the limits of the biological knowledge we can work with while lacking the technology for experimentation. He observes how the tendency of organisms to specialize functions by evolving servile phenotypes presents a particular danger when it comes to replication, as by deferring the task of making self copies to a more efficient machine, the native replicator risks losing control over its own printer, who assumes a personal evolutionary interest. To beco ...more
Michael Moore
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very pertinent and accessible book. Despite the deplorable character of the writer, this book is well researched and states some very necessary arguments for us to consider as we enter an era of human genomic modification. While not perfect, this book is tolerable to both semi-academic and well read individuals. He does boast of his expertise a bit, which can be a bit discrediting in it’s conceit. I could go on but it’s a short, worthwhile read.
Ella Grunt
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This groundbreaking work is visionary, genius, and troubling. Almost a genetic "theory of everything" that gives us great insight into memes, genes and evolution. This should be required reading in both the sciences, and humanities, for its highly accurrate technical insight, and the implications for us humans. Which may be dire! ...more
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic through and through. The science is explained clearly, and once you read the last chapter, everything falls into place and you are warned of the dangers of DNA modification in a shockingly simple way that adheres to every law of evolution.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book itself is revolutionary. It is the most important book on Evolutionary Biology from the 21st century, so far, perhaps the last one if the story at the end comes true.
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I am a biologist and author born in Sainte-Sophie, Canada in 1984. I was fascinated with living things since I was a child. Back in the days, I spent my time observing insects, animals and plants during the summer in the woods that were surrounding my home.

I received a B. Sc. in Biological Sciences at the Université de Montréal in 2006. I then started a research career and obtained a Ph. D. in Neu

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