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The Selfish Gene 30th Anniversary Edition—with a new Introduction by the AuthorInheriting the mantle of revolutionary biologist from Darwin Watson and Crick Richard Dawkins forced an enormous change in the way we see ourselves and the world with the publication of The Selfish Gene Suppose instead of thinking about organisms using genes to reproduce themselves as we had since Mendel's work was rediscovered we turn it around and imagine that our genes build and maintain us in order to make genes That simple reversal seems to answer many puzzlers which had stumped scientists for years and we haven't thought of evolution in the same way sinceWhy are there miles and miles of unused DNA within each of our bodies? Why should a bee give up its own chance to reproduce to help raise her sisters and brothers? With a prophet's clarity Dawkins told us the answers from the perspective of molecules competing for limited space and resources to produce of their own kind Drawing fascinating examples from every field of biology he paved the way for a serious re evaluation of evolution He also introduced the concept of self reproducing ideas or memes which seemingly use humans exclusively for their propagation If we are puppets he says at least we can try to understand our strings —Rob Lightner

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