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Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

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Paperback, 344 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Harper Perennial (first published May 30th 1999)
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Jasna There's no chromosome 23. 22 + X/Y = 23. There are chapters numbered 1-22 and chapter "X and Y" between chapters 7 and 8.

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Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: real-life
I wish I could give this book 6 stars! It's really fantastic, and I want to recommend it to EVERYONE, but in my heart I know the tone would bore some of my friends... I suggest thinking of the author/narrator as a cool guy you'd be friends with telling you all this information, instead of a nerdy/haughty *scientist* ...He's not a scientist, he's a writer & former editor, & this isn't a textbook, but it could be--he's done his research & includes all his references. Just slightly out- ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wish I had read this book 19 years ago, when it was first published. Now, it is out of date. In fact, the Bibliography and Notes section mentions that the book was already out of date, as new knowledge is growing at a very fast rate. Nevertheless, the book is fascinating, even if modern genetic technologies are not even mentioned--as they were not yet invented at the time of publication!

We often read that 98% of our genetic letters are in common with chimpanzees, and 97% with gorillas. But, I
وأنا غارق في بحر هذا الكتاب, وجدتني لا شعوريا استحضر هذه الأبيات الحكيمة المنسوبة للإمام علي- عليه السلام:

دواؤك فيك وما تشعر *** وداؤك منك وما تُبصر
وتحسب أنّك جرم صغير*** وفيك انطوى العالم الأكبر
وأنت الكتاب المبين الذي*** بأحرفه يظهر المُضمَر

العجيب في الأمر أن المؤلف استخدم نفس التشبيه-الكتاب- للإشارة إلى الجينوم

لغير المتخصصين, مثلي, الكتاب يفتح بابا من المعرفة لم أكن أعلم أنه أصلا موجود

قد يكون مستغربا تقييم الثلاث نجمات, ولكنها الترجمة, وما أدراك ما الترجمة؟! روعة الكتاب تعتمد على أسلوب المؤ
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in genetics, intellectually curious people
A really great introduction to genetics. One of my friends, who studied chemistry in college, recommended the book to me. The book is divided into 23 chapters, representing the 23 different sets of chromosomes in the human body. The concept fascinated me, and I thought that if the author had enough of a sense of humor to write a book this way, why not give it a try?

I'm not going to pretend that I understood 100% of the book, but the parts I did understand, I appreciated. While the writer does pr
Koen Crolla
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biology
I gave Ridley's The Red Queen five stars when I read it half a decade ago, and The Rational Optimist one (and a longish review) when I read it in 2011. Genome, his most famous book, isn't quite as awful as the latter, but Ridley's godawful politics shine through often enough to irritate.

His insistence on lauding free entreprise (even where it only exists in his imagination) and condescendingly cautioning against ``big government'' at every turn isn't even the most obnoxious part this time; if an
رغد قاسم
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pdf, علمي, نثر
لست معتادة على قراءة الكتب العلمية باللغة العربية، اقصد بالعلمية ما يندرج منها تحت الاختصاص الطبي، كنت قد واجهت الامرين مع قراءة علم النفس التطوري، وقررت أن ابحث عن تسخة انكليزية لافهم ما مكتوب فيه :D
لكن هذا كتاب جميل، يستحق القراءة وبالتأكيد سيكون اكثر متعة حين الحصول على نسخته بلغة العلم الانكليزية :)
Nehal Elekhtyar
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scientific

إنتهيت من قراءة أمتع كتاب علمى قرأته حتى الآن... كــ قارئة قبل ان اكون باحثة فى المجال العلمى تطرقت لقراءات متعددة وبأساليب مختلفة عن الجينوم وفى الغالب كنت اجدها تحمل الطابع العلمى البحت الجاف نوعاً ما وبالرغم من استعدادى للمعرفة الا اننى كنت اصاب بالملل ولابد من القراءة على فترات متقطعة .... لكن ان أقرأ كتاب علمى عن الجينوم تفوق صفحاته 400 صفحة وكأنى أقرأ رواية جذابة تأخذنى كل كلمة فيها ... قطعاً انه مات ريدلى القدير فى استعراض موضوع هام كهذا عن الجينوم او المادة الوراثية بإسلوب روائى رائع بدأ
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Even though this was written and published over 15 years ago, I found it relevant and revealing. Ridley is one of the better science writers, and this is assuredly his master work. Each chapter highlights a specific gene found on each of the 23 pairs of chromosomes. He repeatedly states that the book is not about disease, but it ultimately becomes a major theme and topic. The final chapters that discuss genetic determinism, eugenics, and nature vs nurture are treated with upmost care, empathy, a ...more
Roy Lotz
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
It is interesting to me how, despite our best efforts, our preconceptions can totally shape our experiences. I was impressed when two biology majors in my school independently recommended this to book to me. Must be good, I thought. So, in the interest of honesty, I must disclose that my inflated expectations were probably the biggest contributor to my lackluster reaction. I had high hopes, and Ridley only partially delivered.

In popular science, an easy way to divide books is by the occupation o
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recently read two other books on the human genome: Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Gene: An Intimate History and Sam Kean's The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code.

I expected there to be a bit of overlap between them, but I actually found them each to be very different. Mukherjee and Kean focus a lot on the history, while Ridley stays more on the science and less about the history. Kean is a great storyteller, while Mukherjee tries hard
Ade Bailey
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, psychology
Sometimes I have to stop after even a paragraph. It's a strong feeling of becoming enraptured by the information, connections and insights afforded by this extremely lucid and stimulating layperson's introduction to the human genome. An extremely compressed three page preface provides a glossary and explanation of key terms, and can be returned to as needed. Each chapter then takes one chromosome and selects from each a particular gene to describe with a much broader emphasis upon what this actu ...more
كتاب صعب جدا ،
ان لمً تكن من أهل الإختصاص

أنهيت أكثر من ثلاثة أرباعه بشق الأنفس
ولم أكمله
التقيم أعلاه
للجزء الذي قرأته فقط

_____ سأعيد قراءة الكتاب
بنسخة أخرى صادرة عن المجلس الوطني للثقافة والفنون والآداب في دولة الكويت _ سلسة عالم المعرفة
James Hartley
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a really great book - my only qualm is that it might be outdated now, as gene technology and science is moving so quickly forwards. Basically, if you want to know why you are here, what you are and what youre made of, this book has some pretty convincing answers. Fate, destiny, love, life, death, character, intelligence and illness are all covered and its worth pressing on through the quite tough prose to get a better, illuminating, scary but finally comforting picture of the vehicle you ...more
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
I really enjoyed this book. I would say it is so far the best book I have read this year and a great introduction to genetics. Quite a lot of the stuff in this book has been covered in other books I have read, most notably by Richard Dawkins, however the writing was fresh and I learned a hell of a lot of stuff throughout this book. For example, did you know that the placenta is actually a parasite, the result of male antagonistic genes battling the female's X chromosomes by redirecting more reso ...more
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, science
An interesting idea for a popular book about genetics - 23 chapters, one for each pair of chromosomes - that is realized into a not particularly good book. I appreciate that it's trying to be generalist, but it's generalist to the point of failing to convey ideas. Ridley moves from topic to topic like a student who has been told that he must include a long list of them in his paper. And I'm afraid the writing is just not good enough for any of the briefly discussed ideas to stick in your brain, ...more
Apr 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting and understandable survey of human genetic heritage. There were a few boring pieces that recounted things I'd been taught repeatedly in biology classes - I can see the utility of this as not all readers would have taken those classes, I just didn't enjoy reading about those things again as much as I enjoyed the more specific examples. The last few chapters contained some biased language (calling people who tore up GM crops "eco-terrorists" rather than simply "vandals," fo ...more
Marwa Assem Salama
محكومٌ علينا بالجينات! ...فما نحن سوى شرائح رقمية!...أو إن شئت قل شفرات: فإما شقيٌ وإما سعيد ..فثمة خيطٌ لولبيّ فريدٌ من ال (دي إن إيه) يحرك الجميع كدُمى من خشب...ومنذ أجيالٍ انتخب العالم كل ما فينا بالقسوة ..فكان "البقاء للأقوى" وللأظلم وللأطغى ..وفي حربٍ ضروسٍ كهذه، لا نسل يبقى للمقتول ..وعليه فإن الحاضرين جميعهم هم أحفاد من قتل ..تلك فكرةٌ مريرة نعم! ...ولكن على اﻷقل بقي لي منها خبر سار ... فلقد صار عندي اﻵن جينٌ لكل ذنب ..للقهر و الضعف ..للمثلية والجنون ..وللعنف والحب ..هب الجميع بقبحهم وآثا ...more
Keeping in mind that this book was written 20 years ago -which of course if a short life-span for literature, but a very long one for science - this is very well written, ingeniously presented and fun to engage with. I would definitely still recommend it, even if some of the scientific discussions inside are a little bit dated, because it offers a sound review of how we came to know what we do about genes and what exactly they are.
Христо Блажев
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Прекрасният генетичен свят на Мат Ридли

Книжният пазар у нас като че ли не се влияе от кризата – поне на пръв поглед. В България непрекъснато се издава какво ли не, а тиражите, въпреки че са твърде отдалечени от западните, понякога достигат повече от задоволителни числа. И все пак, под “какво ли не” и под “задоволителни числа” не се има предвид нито разнообразие, нито същински бестселъри. Имаме по-скоро капризни хитове – спорадични, подвластни на социалните
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Genome is somewhat out of date by now, published back in 1999. Bearing that in mind, it was a pretty good read; sometimes, the themes Ridley chose for a particular chapter weren’t all that closely tied to the chromosome he chose, and issues like that, but that’s the problem with our chromosomes. The information isn’t distributed neatly across our chromosomes: in fact, those of us with a Y chromosome have one that does almost nothing overall, despite the fact that it affects carriers’ phenotypes ...more
Ghada Zain
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
كتاب جميل وبسيط جدا يتناول ال DNA بكل سهولة ويسر ويذكر تاريخة وبعض الامثلة على الامراض الجينية ، ممتع جداً وجديد احببت تشبيهاته وطريقة صياغته وان كنت اظنه ناقصاً فهو لم بتناول طريقة الترجمة او التضاعف ولكنه جميل .
Olive (abookolive)
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, own
Review is on my booktube channel:
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biology
Ridley takes on a number of controversial topics. These include the genome’s influence on intelligence, sexual orientation, personality and free will; genetically modified foods, eugenics and testing for incurable diseases. He explains how genes function, their structure, and how they shape our bodies and minds. The book was written in 1999 so some of it may be dated. Below are my notes.

Genes are turned on and off throughout our life often dependent on environmental factors. Some genes code for
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Genome is yet another non-fiction science book that I have read with the utmost fascination. Not that there are that many in the list, but this is a genre that I am absolutely delighting in. It would have been great to have this enthusiasm to know, in school perhaps, when I was rote-learning about DNA and had no idea what the implications of genes were. This book ought to have livened things up in my mind.

The best thing about the book is the lucid structure. It is brilliantly organised, to
Sanabel Atya

كاتب عبقري، إذ تحدث عن كروموسومات الإنسان بطريقة قصصية، فكان حديثه مُركز على أحد جينات كل كروموسوم ليكتب تاريخاً ولو موجزاً له ولجيناته.
الاستفزاز في الترجمة أن المتجرم كان يكتب أحياناً الكلمات الانجليزية بأحرف عربية عن (DNA) يكتب دنا ! :/
فيما يتعلق بالكتاب،، وبما أخذته من الكتاب.
لماذا سقطت النجمة الخامسة؟
بسبب الحديث عن نظرية التطور والداورينية "تباً له ولها" فحتى عقلي البشري -بعيداً عن البُعد الديني- يجعلني غير قادرة على استيعاب أنّ جدي كان بكتيريا فيما مضى، أو سمكة بزعانف.. أوشمبانزي أو
Denis Vasilev
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Отличный научпоп, высокий уровень. Жаль была написана уже 20 лет назад, в области где прогресс идет быстро
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, nook-book
A genome is an organism’s complete set of DNA, including all of its genes. Each genome contains all of the information needed to build and maintain an organism. In 1953 Francis Crick and James Watson decoded the structure of DNA and with this discovery Crick exclaimed “We’ve discovered the secret of life.” What they discovered was that the main purpose of genes is to store the recipe for making proteins. The proteins are what determine the color of our hair, fight infection, and carry oxygen as ...more
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Човешкото тяло е съставено от около 100 трилиона клетки, във вътрешността на всяко от които има ядро. Във всяко ядро има два пълни комплекта от човешкия ГЕНОМ (изключение правят само яйцеклетките и сперматозоидите, които имат по един комплект, и червените кръвни клетки, които нямат нито един). Единият комплект е дошъл от майката, а другият от бащата. Но какво е геном?

Представете си, че геномът е книга.
Тази книга съдържа 23 глави, наречени хромозоми.
Всяка глава (хромозома) съдържа хиляди ис
Fatima-Zahra Benarab
تجدون تلخيص للكتاب على قناتي في اليوتيوب :
المراجعة: ⏪⏬ يقول العلماء أنه علينا معرفة ما هو صغير جدا لنصل لفهم ما هو كبير جدا في هذا الكون. لهذا فإن فك شيفرة الجينوم كان حدثا عظيم في العالم أجمع و هذا الكتاب الموجه لغير المتخصصين. يشرح فيه الكاتب ما هي هذه الشيفرة و كيف تظهر رموزها في جسم الإنسان و حياته.
قُدم الكتاب في رونق جميل يحاكي الجينوم البشري و ذلك بتقسيم فصول الكتاب إلى 23 فصل عدد جينات الإنسان.
المثير للإنتباه هو الكم الهائل من المعلومات المقدمة في الكتاب فهي
უამრავი საინტერესო ინფორმაციით სავსე, წიგნი რომელიც არაერთხელ უნდა წაიკითხო, ჩვენს გენებში ჩაწერილი ჰომო საპიენსის (და არამარტო) ბიოგრაფია.
გენომი გასაოცარი დოკუმენტია, აქ არის ჩვენი ბიოგრაფია, დოსიე, "ავადმყოფობის ისტორია" ჩვენი ევოლუციური წარსული და მომავალი, ჩვენი წარმოქმნის რეცეპტი.
ჩვენ ათასობით გენი გაგვაჩნია, მათზე კი ჯამში იმდენი ინფორმაცია მოიპოვება რომ მთელი ბიბლითეკა ჭირდება. მეთ რიდლიმ ამ წიგნში ოცდასამ თავში, რომელიც ოცდასამ წყვილ ქრომოსომას განასახიერებს და წარმოადგენს, თითო ქრომოსომ
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Science Book Club: Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters 1 15 Feb 28, 2017 03:36PM  
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Matthew White Ridley, 5th Viscount Ridley DL FRSL FMedSci (born 7 February 1958, in Northumberland) is an English science writer, businessman and aristocrat. Ridley was educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford where he received a doctorate in zoology before commencing a career in journalism. Ridley worked as the science editor of The Economist from 1984 to 1987 and was then its Washington cor ...more
“A true scientist is bored by knowledge; it is the assault on ignorance that motivates him - the mysteries that previous discoveries have revealed.” 61 likes
“The fuel on which science runs is ignorance. Science is like a hungry furnace that must be fed logs from the forests of ignorance that surround us. In the process, the clearing we call knowledge expands, but the more it expands, the longer its perimeter and the more ignorance comes into view.” 29 likes
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