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Biocode: The New Age of Genomics
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date May 26, 2015
Pages 196
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780199687756
ISBN-10 0199687757
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $29.95
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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 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.


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With Dawn Field | from Oxford Univ Pr (May 26, 2015)
9780199687756 | details & prices | 196 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $29.95
About: The living world runs on genomic software - what Dawn Field and Neil Davies call the 'biocode' - the sum of all DNA on Earth.
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With Dawn Field | Reprint edition from Oxford Univ Pr (October 25, 2016)
9780199687763 | details & prices | 224 pages | List price $19.95
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