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Book Title: Jacob's Ladder: The History of the Human Genome|
The author of the book: Henry Gee
ISBN 13: 9780393050837
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 513 KB
Edition: W. W. Norton Company
Date of issue: July 17th 2004
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Jacob's Ladder delivers a remarkably lucid explanation of what the sequencing of the human genome really tells us. Decoding the sequence, evolutionary biologist Henry Gee shows, is just the beginning: seeing the letters and words. The next frontier is in understanding snatches of conversation between genes—how they interact to direct the growth of an organism. Gee takes us into the heart of that conversation, illuminating how genes govern a single egg cell's miraculous transformation into a human being, and how they continue to direct that person's day-by-day development throughout a lifetime.
Gee tells the story of what we know about the genome today and what we are likely to discover tomorrow. As our knowledge advances, we will be able to direct with increasing authority the conversations between genes: not only performing medical interventions but also creating whole scripts directing birth, ancestry, and diversity in a brave new world.
Read information about the authorHenry Gee was born in London in 1962, and was educated at the universities of Leeds and Cambridge. In 1987 he joined the staff of the international science journal Nature where he is now Senior Editor, Biological Sciences, and devised the popular 'Futures' SF column.
He is the author of several books - mainly science (The Accidental Species, Jacob's Ladder, Deep Time and others) but also SF (The Sigil trilogy) and gothic horror mystery (By The Sea) - to which can be added several stories and innumerable articles in Nature as well as BBC Focus (where he is a featured columnist), The Guardian and many other renowned journals of record.
He lives in Cromer, Norfolk, England, with his family and numerous pets.
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