The Language of the Genes

The Language of the Genes

by SteveJones (Author)

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Commissioned by the BBC to deliver the Reith Lectures in 1991, Steve Jones has used them as the basis for this book which argues that the evolution of our genes may be compared to the evolution of language. Genetics, argues the author, can help us unravel the mechanisms and fortunes of human evolutions in far more detail and with much greater confidence than was possible a few years ago. This book shows readers how close we are to success in the search for our origins. Drawing on complementary studies in anthropology and cultural history as well as the latest discoveries in the field of genetics, the book deals with pedigrees, mutation, natural selection and other processes that led to the origins of humanity and the divergence of human populations from each other and from their primate ancestors.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Edition: New Ed
Publisher: Flamingo
Published: 14 Mar 1994

ISBN 10: 0006546765
ISBN 13: 9780006546764