'Gene Machines'

When Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene came out 30 years ago, researchers knew what a gene was and could just about map a gene, but there was much about genes — the number, much of their functions — that researchers didn't know, writes Tim Radford at The Guardian in a new review of the book.

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