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The living world runs on genomic software - what Dawn Field and Neil Davies call the 'biocode' - the sum of all DNA on Earth. In Biocode, they tell the story of a new age of scientific discovery: the growing global effort to read and map the biocode, and what that might mean for the future. The structure of DNA was identified in 1953, and the whole human genome was mappedThe living world runs on genomic software - what Dawn Field and Neil Davies call the 'biocode' - the sum of all DNA on Earth. In Biocode, they tell the story of a new age of scientific discovery: the growing global effort to read and map the biocode, and what that might mean for the future. The structure of DNA was identified in 1953, and the whole human genome was mapped by 2003. Since then the new field of genomics has mushroomed and is now operating on an industrial scale. Genomes can now be sequenced rapidly and increasingly cheaply. The genomes of large numbers of organisms from mammals to microbes, have been mapped. Getting your genome sequenced is becoming affordable for many. You too can check paternity, find out where your ancestors came from, or whether you are at risk of some diseases. Some check out the pedigree of their pets, while others turn genomes into art. A stray hair is enough to crudely reconstruct the face of the owner. From reading to constructing: the first steps to creating artificial life have already been taken. Some may find the rapidity of developments, and the potential for misuse, alarming. But they also open up unprecedented possibilities. The ability to read DNA has changed how we view ourselves and understand our place in nature. From the largest oceans, to the insides of our guts, we are able to explore the biosphere as never before, from the genome up. Sequencing technology has made the invisible world of microbes visible, and biodiversity genomics is revealing whole new worlds within us and without. The findings are transformational: we are all ecosystems now. Already the first efforts at 'barcoding' entire ecological communities and creating 'genomic observatories' have begun. The future, the authors argue, will involve biocoding the entire planet....

Title : Biocode: The New Age of Genomics
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ISBN : 9780199687756
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Biocode: The New Age of Genomics Reviews

  • Clare O'Beara
    2018-10-09 18:44

    This is a nice, not too tough look at DNA research and the future of the genome projects now running worldwide. For having sequenced a human, scientists are now putting research grants to use by sequencing every microbe, fungus, seawater algae and anything else they can find. And according to this book, boy are they finding them. If you are not sure whether we really need to know how many millions of separate species of microbes exist on an island, don't worry, there are more large and obvious applications too. Some applications which I expected to be mentioned but are not, include the fact of several different giraffe subspecies turning up - separated by mountains, they were bound to have evolved separately. And the wholesale cloning of champion Quarter Horses in America. A nation was forced to admit that their people had been lying about a tiger species being kept in preserves - the tigers were crossbreeds, which was proven by DNA testing as has separated out tigers into several previously unknown subspecies. And my personal guess is that China has been cloning all those baby pandas, but nobody has been able to check. Concerns about genetic coding for diseases like Alzheimer's or breast cancer are mentioned, parentage being a real issue when it comes to human DNA testing as well. People were invited to send in samples to add to the knowledge of sequenced human genome material, and amusingly a previously unknown sample arrived in the pool. This was later also found in an African tribe. You could read this book side by side with Human Evolution: Our Brains and Behavior by Robin Dunbar.The only problem I have with this book is that a topic which interests me, like pandas, is covered briefly. The author may not have wanted to make the book too long or detailed. There are many topics of interest and you will be quoting facts irresistibly for weeks. Like the stunning number of unknown organisms found in a bucket from the comparatively sterile Sargasso Sea.

  • Steve Lee
    2018-10-10 22:23

    *Received free via Goodreads First Reads*A very interesting and informative read from a book that has earned itself a permanent place on my book shelf.

  • Pascal Durrenberger
    2018-10-05 18:46

    There is no escape, DNA is everywhere, might as well know as much as you can about it!

  • Sarah-Jayne Briggs
    2018-10-04 21:33

    (I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).I generally don't tend to read non-fiction books. I think they remind me too much of school. I probably wouldn't have chosen to pick up and buy a book like this... but I found it interesting to read; and I think having more of an understanding of how DNA works might give me some help in my writing.I thought it was interesting to see the theory about how DNA coding might be utilised in the future and also cases of DNA being used now. One thing that I found particularly interesting was the fact that DNA coding has been used in artwork... and that someone has used it to create faces of people. While I have mixed feelings about the ethical nature of doing something like that, it's still an interesting idea. And the ideas of using Facebook to post pictures of the DNA and in dating profiles are intriguing ones... though everyday people wouldn't necessarily know how to read the contents of a picture posted like that.There have been a lot of cases of people getting together romantically, only to find that they're biologically related... and I thought it was good to see this book touch on those; though I would have liked to see more real-life case examples.I found it especially interesting to read about how animals' DNA has been used in investigations... like in the case of Tinker the cat. Of course, the use of DNA testing in crimes was a fairly small part of this book.I did find some of the scientific language a bit difficult to absorb. I'm not sure this is a good book for beginners... like myself... though I think it suggests future technology that I might be able to make use of in my fictional work. I did think there were too many notes to look up, though. I either had to get to the end of the book to read them (and forget what related to which reference), or keep flicking to the end and then back again.I plan to pass this book onto my sister, since some of what she's doing in her course has some relation to the content of this. I do think it's clear how much research and time went into this book and although I found parts of it hard to read, I imagine there are many people who would find it a useful resource.

  • Ariel
    2018-09-27 21:31

    The book, Biocode: The New Age of Genomics, by Dawn Field and Neil Davis was great. Biocode is different compared to other non-fiction books since it doesn’t necessarily have a problem to solve, instead it’s like a mini encyclopedia. The closest idea to a problem is the fact that they aren’t fully developed on how to properly use DNA coding to our advantage. The authors do a pretty good job at explaining the who, what, where, when, why, and hows when introducing a new piece of information (the visual graphs presented inside, is a convenient tool to use if you end up lost). Especially, since Field is a research scientist with 20 years of experience and Davis is the lead principal investigator of the Moorea Biocode Project. The book is not meant for everyone, since it focuses so much on data and statistics, so some may consider the book to be bland while others may find it to be compelling. Personally, I have a huge passion for science, so I kept reading irresistibly for days. The only problem I have with this book is that they briefly talk about topics that interested me, when they’re talking about animal DNA, but the authors, perhaps, did not want to make a novel on the small details. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in genetics or anyone who needs quick information on DNA for a research paper, since you can quote almost every part of the book.

  • Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
    2018-09-19 00:43

    Author: Dawn FieldPublished: 26/03/2015I received this book for free via Goodreads Firstreads competitions. This is my review of it!I thought that this was a very interesting book to read, I was glad when I found out I had won it as it looked like a really fasinating book to read as it is something new to me. It is one that it more like an overview of the topic rather then a big indepth book about it which appealed more to me as if it would have been a indepth one it would put me off slightly. This book is really good if you are like me and are new to this topic. The book has a fasinating view on how DNA decoding can be used in the future and also features cases that show how it is currently being used. This is a great book for people who are interested in this kind of subject.

  • Rachel Cotterill
    2018-10-04 18:28

    This book is extremely readable, and gives a broad (if rather lightweight) overview of the topic. The focus is on breadth rather than depth: the scope encompasses everything from microbes to ecosystems, with a large number of fascinating anecdotes, but offers an in depth treatment of none. The implications for future technology and privacy are noted in passing, but I was disappointed that the authors didn't give more time to the examination of possible directions of travel.

  • Majd Abdulghani
    2018-09-20 01:33

    more of a 3.5 I think. It's very informative and the first three quarters of it were great, but the last one dragged awfully. I don't recommend it for non-biology majors because it often skips explaining biology jargon.Still, given that it was published very recently, it provides an excellent overview of all the current research and epic stuff that's happening.

  • Per Kraulis
    2018-09-20 20:16

    This was a frustrating book. Lots of interesting facts and observations with references, and usually correct (whenever I could judge it). But the text has absolutely no structure at all. It's as if they had lots of short news messages that they copy-pasted together without any overarching story or idea. If you are looking for the occasional fun fact, then maybe it is worth reading. Otherwise not.

  • David
    2018-09-20 22:20

    I was fortunate to win a copy of this book from the guys at Goodreads - thanks!Fascinating stuff - well presented and readable even for someone with little knowledge of the subject. The future of medicine is going to be remarkable and this book gives a hint of what's to come.

  • Anna
    2018-10-19 21:46

    More focused on how to make money from Epigenetic. Better books out there on this new wonderful science.

  • Rachel Bayles
    2018-10-12 18:16

    Lovely book. Great introduction to the field.

  • Mills College Library
    2018-09-24 00:25

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