Adrian Woolfson: In search of the secrets of biological form
6 January 2005
Show More Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body by Armand Marie Leroi.
HarperCollins, 431 pp., £20, May 2004, 0 00 257113 7Show More
Jacob’s Ladder: The History of the Human Genome by Henry Gee.
Fourth Estate, 272 pp., £20, March 2004, 1 84115 734 1Show More
“... if too many errors are introduced into the genome of an organism, its core information will melt away; too few, and there would be insufficient variation for evolution to work with. In Mutants, ArmandMarieLeroi argues that in order to understand how people’s bodies are constructed, biologists need now to focus their attention on the bestiary of human variation, both normal and extreme. As ...”