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Genes, chromosomes, and disease : from simple traits, to complex traits, to personalized medicine

Author: Nicholas W Gillham
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : FT Press, ©2011.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas W Gillham
ISBN: 9780132623186 0132623188 0137075448 9780137075447
OCLC Number: 741520338
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 336 p.) : ill.
Contents: Hunting for disease genes --
How genetic diseases arise --
Ethnicity and genetic disease --
Susceptibility genes and risk factors --
Genes and cancer --
Genes and behavior --
Genes and IQ : an unfinished story --
Preventing genetic disease --
Treating genetic disease --
The dawn of personalized medicine.
Responsibility: Nicholas Wright Gillham.

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An authoritative overview of the rise of medical genetics over the past century, from eugenics to the brink of personalized medicine.<br />•<br />•Explains the differential susceptibility to specific genetic traits and disorders among different ethnic groups.<br />•Explains the role of genes in causing disease, and the prospects that genetic information will help prevent, treat, and cure diseases.<br />•Presents the ethical issues and social context of medical genetics, from eugenics to the brink of a truly personalized medicine. This very readable overview of the rise and transformations of medical genetics and of the eugenic impulses that have been inspired by the emerging understanding of the genetic basis of many diseases and disabilities is based on a popular nonmajors course, 'Social Implications of Genetics,' which Gillham gave for many years at Duke University. The book is suitable for use as a text in similar overview courses about genes and social issues or genes and disease. It gives a good overview of the developments and status of this field for a wide range of biomedical researchers, physicians, and students, especially those interested in the prospects for the new, genetics-based personalized medicine.

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