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Science  11 Jan 2008:
Vol. 319, Issue 5860, pp. 160
DOI: 10.1126/science.1152226

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A Guinea Pig's History of Biology. The Plants and Animals Who Taught Us the Facts of Life. By Jim Endersby. Heinemann (Random House), London, 2007. 511 pp. £20. ISBN 9780434012596. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. $27.95. ISBN 9780674027138.

This account for lay readers approaches the history of heredity and genetics through influential examples of the organisms that biologists studied in developing our current understanding.