Even as it was providing scientists with a slew of data, the human genome was giving Matt Ridley fodder for his nonfiction book, Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters. Released in October of last year, Genome climbed the New York Times bestseller list and was a finalist for this year’s L.A. Times book prize. Ridley, a former editor with The Economist, lives in England with his wife and two children. GT’s Meredith Salisbury caught up with the author via e-mail to see what the fuss is all about.

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