“"Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA", by Daniel Fairbanks. Finished reading 18 June, 2008. 2/5 stars.
The jacket description of this book looked very promising. "...Daniel J. Fiarbanks presents powerful evidence of our evilutionary heritage. By detailing the work of molecular geneticists ... Fairbanks shows that our links to other primate species are in our own DNA." Indeed, the first 100 or so pages summarizes some fascinating aspects of our DNA that provide powerful evidence of our evolutionary heretige. Fairbanks describes everything in simple and understandable language, and I now have enough information to continue reading deeper into this fascinating subject.
So where does this book go wrong? Just as Fairbanks is going full steam describing our genome, the whole thing comes to a crashing halt with a long, tedious discussion of the so called evolution/ID "controversy". This is not a science book as advertised. This science in this book, while excellent, is overshadowed by the long overview of creationist ideas, the history of ID, and recent court cases over the controversy. Clearly, I am not the intended audience for this book. As someone who is interested in the science of human genetics, this book was a huge disappointment.
Three appendeces save this book from being a complete wash. I found the appendix on human/chimp chromosome inversion, and another on the history of the science of genetics to be very interesting and helpful.”