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    (Original post by Haz)
    argh I don't know. They haven't said so, but I am aware that other students will have A' level Biology or some such and I haven't really touched sciences since GCSE. I've read a book on genetics and now know the cause of huntington's corea...but not how a double helix is constructed. Talk about the deep end. Maybe you can pass on some info once you've been to a few lectures!
    Sure! I did biology at A2 and I was pretty good at it - but I have no idea why DNA twists into a double helix!!! Don't worry about the biological element - it's probably just remembering a few complicated-sounding words. GSCE knowledge should fill the requirements, since they didn't ask you to have any further knowledge of biology! At the risk of sounding really thick - what exactly is anthropology? Study of populations and cultures or something to that effect? My favourite popular science book is Genome - that's interesting (good read - even if it might not be totally relevant!!!)

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    I'm just guessing, but if they didn't require you to have A-level Biology, they probably won't assume anything, and teach you as if you hadn't done it. But it would be useful to 'brush up' so to speak. Try flicking through and reading the interesting bits of an A-level biology textbook (if there are any interesting bits!) or at least reread your GCSE notes - I only did mine last year and cant remember a single thing apart from osmosis and thats only because the teacher always sounded really stoopid when he said it
    Lol, I'm afraid my GCSE learning was purely from a text book - the teacher spent the whole year trying to prevent some kids from breaking pencils consecutivly over their foreheads. And this was a top set. Good advice to get hold of an A'level text book though...I fear that is what I will have to do! :confused:

    Part of my course is called 'Biology of Cells' and, apparently, requires no more than GCSE knowledge of biology!! I suspect they may be lying, however...

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    I would recommend Genome (by Matt Ridley) too. It's very interesting as it relates genes to human behaviour and intelligence for example. But it is quite hard to remember what has been said as it's quite detailed! But Ridley writes the book as if the reader hasn't got much biological knowledge which is useful.

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    I would recommend Genome (by Matt Ridley) too. It's very interesting as it relates genes to human behaviour and intelligence for example. But it is quite hard to remember what has been said as it's quite detailed! But Ridley writes the book as if the reader hasn't got much biological knowledge which is useful.
    Wahaay - I think I particularly liked the book because I'm sort of fascinated with disease and Matt's a hypochondriac.

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    Sure! I did biology at A2 and I was pretty good at it - but I have no idea why DNA twists into a double helix!!! Don't worry about the biological element - it's probably just remembering a few complicated-sounding words. GSCE knowledge should fill the requirements, since they didn't ask you to have any further knowledge of biology! At the risk of sounding really thick - what exactly is anthropology? Study of populations and cultures or something to that effect? My favourite popular science book is Genome - that's interesting (good read - even if it might not be totally relevant!!!)

    Ben

    YES - Genome by Matt Ridley? That's the book I was talking about - I may not be really up on the biological side of things but I so enjoyed that book! Anthropology (study of mankind) looks at societies, the structure and evolution of mankind, all periods of human past and present, unity and diversity, cultural and social life - the list goes on and it combines humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. I'm really excited about it but also a little daunted because of the shear volume of relevant material! Recommend any other books on genetics or evolution?

    As it happens, there's a book called 'The Selfish Gene', by Richard Dawkins which is perhaps it bit more high-brow (but not much!) - also worth reading! This anthropology sounds pretty diverse! I'm not so up on the evolution and behavioural side of things - I'm more of a physiology/biochemistry person, myself!

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    I've heard many good reviews about 'The Selfish Gene', I might borrow a copy myself. I presently have got plenty of books on genetics to plough through as I have written in my personal statement that it particularly interests me!

    Haz, which college are you going too? It's just that the head girl at my school is going to study arch and anthr at cambridge too.
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    (Original post by Unregistered)
    As it happens, there's a book called 'The Selfish Gene', by Richard Dawkins which is perhaps it bit more high-brow (but not much!) - also worth reading! This anthropology sounds pretty diverse! I'm not so up on the evolution and behavioural side of things - I'm more of a physiology/biochemistry person, myself!

    Ben
    Well it all seems to be relevant in Arch and Anth! You see why it is necessary to specialise in a big way! Just like natural sciences I'd imagine?

    Yeah - you end up specialising pretty quickly. That's why I chose natural sciences: I really enjoy chem, biol and maths and don't want to really drop any of them - hopefully an extra year will be sufficient to make up my mind!

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    (Original post by Lucy)
    I've heard many good reviews about 'The Selfish Gene', I might borrow a copy myself. I presently have got plenty of books on genetics to plough through as I have written in my personal statement that it particularly interests me!

    Haz, which college are you going too? It's just that the head girl at my school is going to study arch and anthr at cambridge too.
    Head girl? I'll remember to bow if I see her! I'm going to Newnham College - it has a disappointing lack of men but otherwise I completely loved it! I also noticed that some women in other colleges were very stressed and the last thing I want is the Cambridge 'gender gap' to stop me from enjoying myself! What college is your friend going to?
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    Yeah - you end up specialising pretty quickly. That's why I chose natural sciences: I really enjoy chem, biol and maths and don't want to really drop any of them - hopefully an extra year will be sufficient to make up my mind!

    Ben
    Ditto, although I have a feeling that social anthropology will be the way I go. That's what is so great about the tripos - you can carry on related subjects you love and use the extra knowledge and skills when you finally specialise! I have butterflys now...
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    I think she is going to Downing and she's not the stereotypical 'head girl' - although she is clever she's extremely modest and grounded (she was in my tutor group for 6th form). My friend wants to try for Newnham. I thought she was completely barmy but then she dragged me there and it was really lovely despite it being all girls. I'm sure you'll enjoy yourself just as much as the other students, plus you'll always have the choice of going to the other colleges' bars and such!

    Yeah, that's why I applied here. Swat those damn butterflies before they become hornets (like mine)!

    Anyway - my bed beckons

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    (Original post by Lucy)
    I think she is going to Downing and she's not the stereotypical 'head girl' - although she is clever she's extremely modest and grounded (she was in my tutor group for 6th form). My friend wants to try for Newnham. I thought she was completely barmy but then she dragged me there and it was really lovely despite it being all girls. I'm sure you'll enjoy yourself just as much as the other students, plus you'll always have the choice of going to the other colleges' bars and such!
    Well tell your friend it's fantastic! Seriously, at first I didn't consider it because of the no men thing, but then I went to visit others that I'd thought about. I didn't feel at home anywhere and it was weird how many of the women were subtly trying to compete with the blokes. Most of the women I spoke to said they were quite stressed and this was also the experience of my female cousin who went to a mixed college. Newnham just felt right and when I stayed over for interviews, the girls organised a party for the candidates - I stayed up till 4am! I had a really good time and it payed off - maybe if she comes up for interview I will be one of the students that hosts her party!
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    Yeah, that's why I applied here. Swat those damn butterflies before they become hornets (like mine)!

    Anyway - my bed beckons

    Ben
    Night Ben
 
 
 
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