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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
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438

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

Should've had pdf with at least some illustrations

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Reviewed: 08-26-18

Love the story and the narrator. So much is related to visual presentation of ideas and book would have benefited from the pdf many titles have with at least some of the illustrations.

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