Genome: The Autobiography Of A Species In 23 Chapters By Matt Ridley

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"In the beginning was the word." (Genome 11) This word was indefinitely important to the world, because knowing what this word meant and what was locked in it held the meaning of life. The word is "Genome" and it is also the name of the book authored by Matt Ridley, not as a scientific work but a work of art. Guiding the reader with the life of the genome through its chromosomes, a story told in each one relates each chromosome to their accomplishments. In the beginning the human genome was a vast array of disillusion, in the past technology was lagging, and the amount of manpower required to generate any sufficient data on the human genome was almost impossible. Until the world of scientists united and formed the Human Genome Project, thousands of scientists around the world would now share their data on the genome through a network that allowed the Human Genome to be mapped out in about a decade. Predicted foresights of this enormous accomplishment were in somewhere in lines of six hundred years to map the genome if it were not for the coalition of scientist working in harmony. If the genome was not unraveled could Matt Ridley still have written about it? This book is more non-scientific based work, but never the less it incorporates what is known from the genome into his book. Since this is not a pure science book we can assume that most of the views pointed out in it are individual thoughts about fate, environment, intelligence, disease, stress, personality, sex, death, cures, free will, and even politics; these all could be involved in the genome but the views of Matt Ridley this book are of his own with some but little scientific reference.A misconception of the world is that genes cause diseases and disorders, but how can we point to a gene and say that is the sole cause of a disorder or flaw. Ridley thinks this to be absurd because some disorders are caused due to a lack of gene such as the Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. Fate is can be predicted through genes to some extent he states; for example the Huntington's mutation, this disorder does not does not care if "you smoke, or take vitamin pills, if u work out or become a couch potato." (Genome 56) This is interesting because if one has this mutation there is absolutely nothing they can do to prevent their fate in the end. Ridley also makes an interesting point and tells us that if the chromosomes, which this occurred on, wrapped around the earth than the difference between sanity and insanity would be roughly an inch. Just one inch, could determine your fate but in relative to chromosomes this is really significantly small and to be worried about definitely.Intelligence, this was the most interesting chapter to me personally. In the very end what I received from it was that IQ increases through technology and what we see on television. Ulric Neisser proposed that films, cartoons, posters, graphics, and advertisements help improve ones IQ. This theory fascinated me and now I will put it to...

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