Reading list 2015

For book club 2015 - 2016 compiled by Xin He at UChicago.


  • The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine
  • Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
  • The Agile Gene: How Nature Turns on Nurture. by Matt Ridley.
  • Genes, Chromosomes, and Disease: From Simple Traits, to Complex Traits, to Personalized Medicine
  • The $1,000 Genome: The Revolution in DNA Sequencing and the New Era of Personalized Medicine
  • Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea
  • The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution
  • Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors
  • The Selfish Gene
  • The Epigenetics Revolution
  • The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care
  • Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life
  • Survival of the sickest
  • Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues


  • The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes’ Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Dont (very popular book)
  • The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century (a book on the history of 20th century statistics)