The Leading Edge of Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Anthropology, and Environmental Science

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"The newest addition to John Brockman's series explores life itself, bringing together the world's leading biologists, geneticists, and evolutionary theorists -- including Richard Dawkins, Edward O. Wilson, J. Craig Venter, and Freeman Dyson. Scientists' understanding of life is progressing more rapidly than at any point in human history, from the extraordinary decoding of DNA to the controversial emergence of biotechnology. Featuring pioneering biologists, geneticists, physicists, and science writers, Life explains just how far we've come -- and takes a brilliantly educated guess at where we're heading. Richard Dawkins and J. Craig Venter compare genes to digital information, and sketch the frontiers of genomic research. Edward O. Wilson reveals what ants can teach us about building a superorganism -- and, in turn, about how cells build an organism. Elsewhere, David Haig reports new findings on how mothers and fathers individually influence the human genome, while Kary Mullis covers cutting edge treatments for dangerous viruses. And there's much more in this fascinating volume. We may never have all the answers. But the thinkers collected in Life are asking questions that will keep us dreaming for generations."--provided by
Publisher: New York, Harper Perennial,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: © 2016
ISBN: 9780062296054
Characteristics: xii, 367 pages ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Brockman, John 1941-,


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Jan 22, 2019

The topic of this collection of lectures and conversations is fascinating and the expression is rather informal, still, some of the terms are in need of specialist understanding, but for the most part one can follow along and comprehend what is being said. The basic laws of biology all the way to engineering biology (including artificial life) are discussed. The longest piece is 100 pages; the items I found most interesting were #2 by Haig, #7 by Dyson, #14 by Endy, #15 by Mullis, #17 by Sapolsky, and # 18 by Kauffman.

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