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December 8, 1999

GeneticsThe Genetic Gods: Evolution and Belief in Human Affairs

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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by John C. Avise, 279 pp, with illus, $29.95, ISBN 0-674-34625-4, Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University Press, 1998.

JAMA. 1999;282(22):2179-2180. doi:10.1001/jama.282.22.2179-JBK1208-2-1

The preface to this ambitious treatise opens by recommending it to "the reflective open-minded reader" who needs a "simplified discussion of recent evolutionary genetic findings." This is an apt description. Strict creationists would likely be offended but challenged. Basic science geneticists might find some parts elementary. For the general scientific reader, the book is an excellent distillation of a broad and increasingly important field, a source of causation that cannot be ignored. From advising expectant parents to getting innocent people off death row, genetics increasingly dominates our lives.

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