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The Shattered Self: The End of Natural Evolution

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 22 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:699
  1. Andrew Robinson, general practitioner
  1. Newton Abbot, Devon

    Pierre Baldi

    MIT Press, £16.95, pp 245

    ISBN 0 262 02502 7

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    The dust jacket of this book shows a pair of adult identical twins curled up together in a ball, representing the single ovum from which they both developed. According to Pierre Baldi, professor of information and computer science and of biological chemistry at the University of California (Irvine), this image delivers a minor shock to our traditional conception of the individual self. But, Baldi argues, if the natural phenomenon of two individuals sharing the same genome challenges our notion of selfhood, then the possibilities opened up by genetic …

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