Gene genies

The gremlins obviously crept into the Books pages last week - as did the description of the human genome as "the book of life", a phrase not in my original review of Robin Marantz Henig and Richard Lewontin. I'm not sure what the book of life is; whatever it is, however, it is not written in DNA. The human genome project is pregnant with all sorts of possibilities but, as I tried to make clear in my review, there is more to life than a string of genes.

Kenan Malik
London SE3

This article first appeared in the 10 July 2000 issue of the New Statesman, Education, education, profit