Introduction: the coming of age of the genome
This chapter sketches the major developments in the science of biology, from the Renaissance to the genome revolution, in two parallel lines: one that explains how we gradually gained a mechanistic understanding of how life perpetuates itself through random alterations in DNA, with aging of its carriers as the inevitable by-product; and a much more complicated learning curve that thus far has merely provided the starting points of how we hope to gain a more complete understanding of how life forms are ordered at the molecular level and how this order turns into disorder during aging.
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