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DNA evidence not only solves crimes-in Sean Carroll's hands it will now end the Evolution Wars.

DNA is the genetic material that defines us as individuals. Over the last two decades, it has emerged as a powerful tool for solving crimes and determining guilt and innocence. But, very recently, an important new aspect of DNA has been revealed-it contains a detailed record of evolution. That is, DNA is a living chronicle of how the marvelous creatures that inhabit our planet have adapted to its many environments, from the freezing waters of the Antarctic to the lush canopy of the rain forest.

In this highly accessible narrative, Sean Carroll guides the general listener on a tour of the massive DNA record of three billion years of evolution to see how the fittest are made. And what an eye-opening tour it is-one that features immortal genes, fossil genes, and genes that bear the scars of past battles with horrible diseases. This book clinches the case for evolution beyond any reasonable doubt.

Science & Nature
Patrick Lawlor
hr min
January 15
Tantor Audio

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Prof. Sean B. Carroll,
I have just finished the final page of your book "The Making of the Fittest". I think we all have read books that impact our imagination and affected our lives far beyond what you would think a mere book should be able to do. Your book has done that. Your explanation of evolution has allowed non-scientists like myself a much clearer understanding of the processes that drive life. We are now able to understand that we are only one tiny branch of that tree of life. You have shown us that we are blindly sitting up on our branch and burning the tree down. This is not just about the demise of the bloodless icefish of Bouvet. If we are not careful we will be the ones going up in flames.


Jim Mauch
Cudahy, Wisconsin
p.s. I am looking forward to reading your other books.

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