It's only admitted in whispers that most biologists have never read Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species," says Olivia Judson in a post at the New York Times. It's boring, they say. Judson admits that Darwin's writing was "patchy" -- at its best describing the natural world and "tortuous" when discussing genetics. "So, the difficulties notwithstanding, there are many reasons to tackle the 'Origin,'" she writes.

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