Adam Rutherford

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Minden ember [rövid] története


Ez a történet rólunk szól. Arról, hogy kik vagyunk és honnan jöttünk. Mindannyiunk története teljesen egyedi, mint ahogy a valaha élt mintegy 100 milliárd ember a története is az. Egyedi, mégis közös, mert génjeinkben ott hordozzuk fajunk történetét – a születését és a halálét, a betegségekét, az éhínségekét, a vándorlásokét és sok-sok szexét. Amióta a tudósok 2001-ben először olvasták el a teljes emberi genomot, nagyon sok mindent állítottak azzal kapcsolatban, és persze sok mindennek az ellenkezőjét is, sőt egy sor mítosz is született a témában. De ahogy Adam Rutherford elmagyarázza, a genomjainkat nem használati útmutatókként kellene olvasnunk, hanem epikus költeményekként. A DNS sokkal kevesebb dolgot határoz meg, mint azt eddig sejtették velünk – sokkal kevesebbet rólunk, egyénekről, viszont összehasonlíthatatlanul többet fajunk egészéről. A genetika egyre terjeszkedő tájain tett utazása során Adam Rutherford megmutatja, mit árulnak el ma a génjeink a múltunkról. A neandervölgyiektől a gyilkosságokig, a vörös hajúaktól a rasszokig, halott királyoktól a pestisjárványokig, az evolúciótól az epigenetikáig – ez egy mítoszromboló és felvilágosító új portré arról, kik vagyunk, és hogyan lettünk.
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Stručné dějiny každého z nás


ÚCHVATNÁ EXKURZE DO DĚJIN LIDSKÉHO DRUHU. RUTHERFORD JE PŘEDNÍ ODBORNÍK A ZÁBAVNÝ VYPRAVĚČ. – Genome Co všechno už dnes dokážeme vyčíst ze struktury lidských genomů! Podstatu nás samých, leccos o našich předcích, náš minulý vývoj a naši budoucnost – vlastně především tu! V této knize po ní pátráme jako v napínavé detektivce. V první části se autor zaměřuje na dějiny lidstva od prvních hominidů až po dnešního Homo sapiens, jak nám je odhaluje analýza lidské DNA získané z fosilních nálezů a ze středověkých i současných lidských ostatků. Ukazuje se, že lidstvo se vyvíjelo mnohem složitěji, než jsme si ještě nedávno mysleli. Druhá část knihy je zaměřena na otázku, kým dnes vlastně jsme a co současný výzkum DNA odhaluje o rodinách, národech, rasách, o našem zdraví a psychologii, ba dokonce o celém našem osudu. Převažuje názor, že genomika nakonec naprosto promění velkou část medicíny. S tím jsou ovšem spojeny značné etické problémy. Genomika se ubírá prudce vpřed. Každý týden jsou publikovány nové významné výsledky: objasňování podstaty dědičných chorob, poznatky o nových virech, o genech kulturních rostlin, ale zejména výsledky úprav genomů modelových organizmů metodou CRISPR-Cas9. Tato metoda zcela změnila možnosti praktického využití výsledků genomiky. Stojíme před otázkou: jaká omezení si má lidstvo při využívání výsledků genomiky uložit? Máme právo upravovat lidský genom? Nastala už doba genové terapie, tedy postupů nahrazujících vadné geny zdravými a plně funkčními? Dokázali bychom už cíleně, přesně a bezpečně upravovat lidský genom v buňkách embryí? Jestliže ano, jsou takové úpravy morálně přípustné? Jaké hrozby pro životaschopnost budoucích generací vytvářejí?
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Az ember könyve


Szeretünk különleges teremtményként gondolni magunkra, de van-e bennünk valóban valami különleges, ami megkülönböztet bennünket a többi állattól? Az ember csupán egy aprócska ág egy négymilliárd éve fejlődő családfán, amely tele van kanyarokkal és csavarulatokkal, és milliárdnyi fajt ölel fel. Az élőlények mind közös eredetűek és e közös kódon alapul a mi létezésünk is. Ez a paradoxon – vagyis hogy biológiailag megkülönböztethetetlenek vagyunk a többi élőlénytől, mégis különlegesnek tekintjük magunkat – az alapkérdése annak, hogy kik is vagyunk. Adam Rutherford ebben a földi életről szóló, eredeti és szórakoztató könyvben bemutatja, mennyire sok, egykor kizárólag az emberre jellemzőnek hitt dolog nem az: nem mi vagyunk az egyetlen faj, amely kommunikál, amely eszközöket készít, amely tüzet használ, vagy amely élvezeti célból is szexel. Az evolúció azonban lehetővé tette számunkra a kultúránk olyan széles körű fejlesztését, amelynek valóban nincs párja az általunk ismert természetben. Az ember könyve annak a történetét meséli el, hogyan váltunk azzá, akik ma vagyunk. A legújabb tudományos felfedezésekkel szemléltetett mű izgalmas összeállítás mindarról, ami egyértelműen az állatok közé tartozóvá tesz bennünket, miközben azt is megmutatja, miért vagyunk mégis rendkívüliek közöttük.
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Creation


THE ORIGIN OF LIFE: What is life? Where did it come from? In what form did it first appear? And how? Every creature, plant and cell that has ever inhabited the Earth owes its existence to the emergence, some four billion years ago, of a single life-form: the first ever living being, from which all other life subsequently evolved. Drawing on recent and dramatic advances in experimental biology, The Origin of Life takes us on a gripping, four-billion-year journey of discovery to explain exactly how such a thing could have happened. From interplanetary collisions to the inner-workings of cells and genes, it offers answers to the very grandest of questions before arriving at a thrilling solution to the greatest detective story of them all. THE FUTURE OF LIFE: Introducing a new chapter in human history: living technology. Our mastery of genetics now allows us to create entirely new life-forms within the laboratory - goats that produce spider silk in their milk, bacteria that excrete diesel, cells that identify and destroy tumours - offering tailor-made solutions to the crises of food shortage, pandemic disease and climate change. These living technologies can be downloaded for free or bought online in strands of ready-made DNA, using the equipment available in most student laboratories. But much remains unknown and this revolutionary technology is fraught with controversy, not least the fear of bioterrorism. The Future of Life introduces us to these remarkable innovations, explains how they work, explores the risks as well as the possibilities they afford, and presents a powerful argument for their benefit to humankind.
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Creation


Creation by Adam Rutherford tells the entire spellbinding story of life in two gripping narratives. "Prepare to be astounded. There are moments when this book is so gripping it reads like a thriller". (Mail on Sunday). The Origin of Life is a four-billion-year detective story that uses the latest science to explain what life is and where it first came from, offering answers to the very grandest of questions before arriving at a thrilling solution. "A superbly written explanation". (Brian Cox). This same science has led to a technological revolution: the ability to create entirely new life forms within the lab, known as synthetic biology. The Future of Life introduces these remarkable innovations, explains how they work, and presents a powerful argument for their benefit to humankind. "The reader's sense of awe at the well-nigh inconceivable nature of nature is suitably awakened. The extraordinary science and Rutherford's argument are worth every reader's scrutiny. Fascinating". (Sunday Telegraph). "One of the most eloquent and genuinely thoughtful books on science over the past decade. You will not find a better, more balanced or up-to-date take on the origin of life or synthetic biology. Essential reading for anyone interested in the coming revolution, which could indeed rival the Industrial Revolution or the internet". (Observer). "The perfect primer on the past and future of DNA". (Guardian). "Susenseful, erudite and thrilling". (Prospect). "A witty, engaging and eye-opening explanation of the basic units of life, right back to our common ancestors and on to their incredible synthetic future. The mark of a really good science book, it shows that the questions we still have are just as exciting as the answers we already know". (Dara O Briain).
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A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived


This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and a lot of sex. Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001 it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims and myths. In fact, as Adam Rutherford explains, our genomes should be read not as instruction manuals, but as epic poems. DNA determines far less than we have been led to believe about us as individuals, but vastly more about us as a species. In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about history, and what history tells us about our genes. From Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, dead kings to plague, evolution to epigenetics, this is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.
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A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived


'A brilliant, authoritative, surprising, captivating introduction to human genetics. You'll be spellbound' Brian CoxThis is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and a lot of sex. In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about human history, and what history can now tell us about our genes. From Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, dead kings to plague, evolution to epigenetics, this is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.'A thoroughly entertaining history of Homo sapiens and its DNA in a manner that displays popular science writing at its best' Observer 'Magisterial, informative and delightful' Peter Frankopan'An extraordinary adventure...From the Neanderthals to the Vikings, from the Queen of Sheba to Richard III, Rutherford goes in search of our ancestors, tracing the genetic clues deep into the past' Alice Roberts
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Genetics


Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, Genetics is an accessible, authoritative and insightful introduction to the code that shapes the lives of all living things - DNA. Written by broadcaster and geneticist Adam Rutherford, Genetics breaks down the DNA code - an alphabet of four letters and twenty-one words - that has been passed down from cell to cell for four billion years. You'll learn how in the 150 years since DNA was first discovered, we are beginning to understand, and even radically rewrite, the code of life on Earth. Written by the leading lights and most outstanding communicators in their fields, the Ladybird Expert books provide clear, accessible and authoritative introductions to subjects drawn from science, history, and culture. For an adult readership, the Ladybird Expert series is produced in the same iconic small hardback format pioneered by the original Ladybirds. Each beautifully illustrated book features the first new illustrations produced in the original Ladybird style for nearly forty years.
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The Book of Humans


We like to think of ourselves as exceptional beings, but is there really anything special about us that sets us apart from other animals? Humans are the slightest of twigs on a single family tree that encompasses four billion years, a lot of twists and turns, and a billion species. All of those organisms are rooted in a single origin, with a common code that underwrites our existence. This paradox - that our biology is indistinct from all life, yet we consider ourselves to be special - lies at the heart of who we are. In this original and entertaining tour of life on Earth, Adam Rutherford explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not: we are not the only species that communicates, makes tools, utilises fire, or has sex for reasons other than to make new versions of ourselves. Evolution has, however, allowed us to develop our culture to a level of complexity that outstrips any other observed in nature. THE BOOK OF HUMANS tells the story of how we became the creatures we are today, bestowed with the unique ability to investigate what makes us who we are. Illuminated by the latest scientific discoveries, it is a thrilling compendium of what unequivocally fixes us as animals, and reveals how we are extraordinary among them.
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The Book of Humans


WHAT MAKES US HUMAN? Waging war? Sex for pleasure? Creating art? Mastery of fire? In this thrilling tour of the animal kingdom, Adam Rutherford tells the story of how we became the unique creatures we are today. Illuminated by the latest scientific discoveries, THE BOOK OF HUMANS is a dazzling compendium of what unequivocally fixes us as animals, and reveals how we are extraordinary among them.
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How to Argue With a Racist


*THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER* 'Nobody deals with challenging subjects more interestingly and compellingly than Adam Rutherford, and this may be his best book yet. This is a seriously important work' BILL BRYSON Race is real because we perceive it. Racism is real because we enact it. But the appeal to science to strengthen racist ideologies is on the rise - and increasingly part of the public discourse on politics, migration, education, sport and intelligence. Stereotypes and myths about race are expressed not just by overt racists, but also by well-intentioned people whose experience and cultural baggage steer them towards views that are not supported by the modern study of human genetics. Even some scientists are uncomfortable expressing opinions deriving from their research where it relates to race. Yet, if understood correctly, science and history can be powerful allies against racism, granting the clearest view of how people actually are, rather than how we judge them to be. HOW TO ARGUE WITH A RACIST is a vital manifesto for a twenty-first century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry.
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Rutherford and Fry’s Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything (Abridged)


In Rutherford and Fry's comprehensive guidebook, they tell the complete story of the universe and absolutely everything in it - skipping over some of the boring parts. This is a celebration of the weirdness of the cosmos, the strangeness of humans and the fact that amid all the mess, we can somehow make sense of life. Our brains have evolved to tell us all sorts of things that feel intuitively right but just aren't true: the world looks flat, the stars seem fixed in the heavenly firmament, a day is 24 hours... This book is crammed full of tales of how stuff really works. With the power of science, Rutherford and Fry show us how to bypass our monkey-brains, taking us on a journey from the origin of time and space, via planets, galaxies, evolution, the dinosaurs, all the way into our minds, and wrestling with some truly head-scratching questions that only science can answer: What is time, and where does it come from? Why are animals the size and shape they are? How horoscopes work (Spoiler: they don't, but you think they do) Does my dog love me? Why nothing is truly round? Do you need your eyes to see? 'A wonderfully engaging blend of wit, enthusiasm, clarity and knowledge.' Bill Bryson 'Like the universe itself, this book is multi-faceted, surprising and full of wonders. It's also funny, wise and exceedingly brainy. You really owe it to yourself to read it.' Tim Harford, author of How To Make The World Add Up THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'If only Adam Rutherford and Hannah Fry were on tap to all of us, all the time . . . The pair have such a gift for making life, numbers and the forces at work in the universe all the richer, stranger, funnier and more marvellous.' Stephen Fry
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How to Argue With a Racist


'The ultimate anti-racism guide' Caroline Criado Perez 'Seriously important' Bill Bryson 'A fascinating debunking of racial pseudoscience' Guardian Racist pseudoscience may be on the rise, but science is no ally to racists. Instead science and history can be powerful allies against bigotry, granting us the clearest view of how people actually are, rather than how we judge them to be. HOW TO ARGUE WITH A RACIST dismantles outdated notions of race by illuminating what modern genetics can and can't tell us about human difference. It is a vital manifesto for a twenty-first century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify racism. Updated edition includes a new Preface from the author
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Control


Throughout history, people have sought to improve society by reducing suffering, eliminating disease or enhancing desirable qualities in their children. But this wish goes hand in hand with the desire to impose control over who can marry, who can procreate and who is permitted to live. In the Victorian era, in the shadow of Darwin's ideas about evolution, a new full-blooded attempt to impose control over our unruly biology began to grow in the clubs, salons and offices of the powerful. It was enshrined in a political movement that bastardised science, and for sixty years enjoyed bipartisan and huge popular support. Eugenics was vigorously embraced in dozens of countries. It was also a cornerstone of Nazi ideology, and forged a path that led directly to the gates of Auschwitz. But the underlying ideas are not merely historical. The legacy of eugenics persists in our language and literature, from the words 'moron' and 'imbecile' to the themes of some of our greatest works of culture. Today, with new gene editing techniques, very real conversations are happening - including in the heart of British government - about tinkering with the DNA of our unborn children, to make them smarter, fitter, stronger. CONTROL tells the story of attempts by the powerful throughout history to dictate reproduction and regulate the interface of breeding and society. It is an urgently needed examination that unpicks one of the defining and most destructive ideas of the twentieth century. To know this history is to inoculate ourselves against its being repeated.
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