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  • The Tangled Tree

  • A Radical New History of Life
  • By: David Quammen
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
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In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. For instance, we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection - a type of HGT. In The Tangled Tree David Quammen chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quammen at his usual best

  • By JohnS on 08-23-18

Another great book from David Quammen

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Reviewed: 09-24-18

As always, David Quammen delivers a very well researched and well written book on a complicated scientific subject. His works make tough scientific topics super approachable! Personally, I was a Molecular biology major, so all of the big words and concepts were familiar to me, but I really enjoyed the history aspect of the storyline and I think people of all backgrounds will find this book interesting.

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