The art of Genes - How organisms make themselves

Enrico Coen, Oxford University Press, 1999 ISBN 0-19-286208-1

From back cover page : How is a tiny fertilised egg able to turn itself into a human being ? How can an acorn transform itself into an oak tree ? Over the past twenty years there has been a revolution in biology, and we have begun to understand how organisms make themselves. The Art of Genes gives an account of these new findings, and of their broader significance for how we view ourselves.