Life's Greatest Secret

Life's Greatest Secret

The Race to Crack the Genetic Code

Book - 2015
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Life's Greatest Secret is the story of the discovery and cracking of the genetic code. This great scientific breakthrough has had far-reaching consequences for how we understand ourselves and our place in the natural world. The code forms the most striking proof of Darwin's hypothesis that all organisms are related, holds tremendous promise for improving human well-being, and has transformed the way we think about life. Matthew Cobb interweaves science, biography and anecdote in a book that mixes remarkable insights, theoretical dead-ends and ingenious experiments with the pace of a thriller. He describes cooperation and competition among some of the twentieth-century's most outstanding and eccentric minds, moves between biology, physics and chemistry, and shows the part played by computing and cybernetics. The story spans the globe, from Cambridge MA to Cambridge UK, New York to Paris, London to Moscow. It is both thrilling science and a fascinating story about how science is done
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2015
ISBN: 9780465062676
Characteristics: xiv, 434 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustration ; 24 cm


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Feb 08, 2017

A well annotated erudite look at the the race to crack the genetic "code". This book looks at the science and personalities of those who sought the answer to heredity and genes. The latter part of the book looks at the future and potential discoveries along with a cautionary thought. Worth reading if you are interested in genetics and DNA.


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