In the Beginning Was the Worm: Finding the Secrets of Life in a Tiny Hermaphrodite

In the Beginning Was the Worm Finding the Secrets of Life in a Tiny Hermaphrodite The human genome project was possible due to the year struggle to decode the complete DNA of a nematode worm This title tells of the remarkable characters whose struggle changed our approach to mod

  • Title: In the Beginning Was the Worm: Finding the Secrets of Life in a Tiny Hermaphrodite
  • Author: Andrew Brown
  • ISBN: 9780743415989
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback
  • The human genome project was possible due to the 30 year struggle to decode the complete DNA of a nematode worm This title tells of the remarkable characters whose struggle changed our approach to modern science, including Sydney Bremmer, John Sulston, Bob Orvitz and Fred Sanger.

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    1. "Worm" is an engaging book about the beginning of genome sequencing, originating from the focused study of a type of nearly-microscopic, transparent worm. It is a chronicle of a historic research effort, and an insight into how research is conducted, rather than a technical discussion of biology. Andrew Brown assumes the reader has very little knowledge of genetics, and takes care to explain (in simple terms) key topics that are necessary to understand events and their importance to the narrativ [...]

    2. Brown uses a common strategy of fitting a collection of scientific discoveries into a character-driven narrative, but the narrative itself is somewhat scattered and meandering. There are outright nonsequitors and typos, and a lot of underwhelming attempts at cleverness. The stories told are definitely interesting in places, and his inclusion of lab techs in his cast of characters is commendable, but I'm not sure this book would hold my interest for long if I weren't already interested in the sub [...]

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