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    John Brockman(Author)

The newest addition to John Brockman’s Edge.org 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.

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  • PDF | 384 pages
  • John Brockman(Author)
  • Harper Perennial (14 July 2016)
  • English
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  • Science & Nature
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  • By Rebecca on 16 September 2016

    Interesting collection of essays and transcribed talks but the gender imbalance let this book down - is there really no women you could have asked to contribute in the field of evolutionary biology? careless oversight by the Editor.

  • By Doug Scott on 18 October 2016

    A comprehensivee summary of the state of the art in molecular biology including (intersting for us programmers) the way computers are assisting in the production of articicial DNA using tools like encoders so that DNA can become manipulated by computer-basd software - compilers, linkers, and so on.

  • By Alan Hanson on 16 July 2016

    Some good articles, but some of them are almost a decade old. Hence not quite the "leading edge" and therefore disappointing.

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