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Main Title The language of life : DNA and the revolution in personalized medicine /
Author Collins, Francis S.
Publisher Harper,
Year Published 2010
OCLC Number 496102257
ISBN 9780061733178; 0061733172; 0061733180; 9780061733185
Subjects Genetic screening--Popular works ; Medical genetics--Popular works ; Precision medicine ; Genetic disorders ; Genetic counseling ; Genetic Diseases, Inborn ; Genetic Testing ; Genetics, Medical ; Humangenetik ; Genètica--Obres de divulgació ; Genètica mèdica ; ADN
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ELBM  RB155.65.C65 2010 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 12/30/2019
Edition 1st ed.
Collation xxv, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
Introduction: We're not in Kansas anymore -- The future has already happened -- When genes go wrong, it gets personal -- Is it time to learn your own secrets? -- Getting personal with the big C -- What's race got to do with it? -- Genes and germs -- Genes and the brain -- Genes and aging -- The right drug at the right dose for the right person -- A vision for the future. A medical revolution is upon us, and leading geneticist Collins explains its dimensions here. Our knowledge of the genetic basis for disease has increased exponentially in recent years, and we are now able to understand and treat diseases at the molecular level with personalized medicine--care based on an individual's genetic makeup. Collins presents cutting-edge science for lay readers who want to take control of their medical lives. He discusses cancer, obesity, aging, racial differences, and a host of other concerns, as well as the medical advances directly attributable to the Human Genome Project. He is also not shy about taking on large political issues: he points out problems with our current health-care system, discusses stem-cell research, and in a cogent commentary, recommends--with caveats--direct-to-consumer DNA testing. He does a superb job of humanizing a complex scientific and medical subject.--From publisher description.