Friday, May 21, 2010

Inside the Human Genome, A Case for Non-Intelligent Design

A book review of a delightful little treatise by John C. Avise. The author is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of California at Irvine and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has many works to his credit. This one published by Oxford University Press is a tour de force of developments in genetics, particularly the those of humans and the diseases caused by genetic mistakes. He thoroughly dismantles the ID folks by showing that our genome is not so intelligently designed, but a mish mash of cobbled together parts that natural selection over time has tweeked. I would highly recommend this book if you are interested in learning about how genetics works, particularly if you want to know more about its relationship with disease. It is technical, but written so a novice with a basic understanding of biology and genetics will grasp the essential concepts. It is relatively a quick read and not at all boring, but exciting and leaves with that feeling of I want to know more. It will go on the recommend read list.
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