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DNA has been described as the first three-dimensional Xerox machine, but we should remember that the machine works only because of its errors. As Lewis Thomas has noted, "The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music." Sam Kean, definitely a talented author (The Disappearing Species) and not an anaerobic bacteria, demonstrates that point with example after example of not only how genetic codes function, but also what they can show us about the footprints they have left us about our history and even about how great music is sometimes made. A fascinating read about DNA and its connection to science, culture, language, and the Neanderthals still lurking in our genes.