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The Language of Life: An Introduction to The Science of Genetics
The Language of Life An Introduction to The Science of Genetics Author:Muriel Beadle, George W. Beadle The science of genetics -- which can easily win three first prizes as the most fascinating, the most baffling, and the most crucial of all the sciences -- at last gets what it has long needed, a lucid and literate introduction for laymen, co-authored by a gifted geneticist, George W. Beadle, and a gifted author, his wife, Muriel Beadle. — George ... more »and Muriel Beadle have written an unusual book. Unlike many other books which deal with biochemical genetics, The Language of Life is an uncommon blend of scientific information and superbly chosen examples, analogies, and anecdotes. After reading it, one really understands how genetic information is passed on from one generation to the next, and why it is that we humans, although alike in kind, are unique as individuals.
Yet this is much more than a primer on genetics. It makes the reader aware of the pageant of people and ideas involved in the history of genetics. It stirs the imagination by describing unsolved problems of biology. It asks provocative questions about the social applications of genetic research.« less