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The human recipe : understanding your genes in today's society

Author: Pascal Borry; Gert Matthijs; Joris Snaet
Publisher: Belgium : Leuven University Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : English language editionView all editions and formats
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"A smart and witty guide to all you want to know about human genetics. Human genetics is not the playground of science alone. Genetics concerns all of us, for we all have DNA, genes, genomes, and chromosomes. Our genes determine partly our appearance and our behaviour, our talents and our health risks. The authors of The Human Recipe use humour to explain what we understand about human genetics. With anecdotes and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Borry, Pascal, 1976-
Human recipe.
Leuven, Belgium : Leuven University Press, [2016]
(OCoLC)987713618
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Pascal Borry; Gert Matthijs; Joris Snaet
ISBN: 9789461661968 9461661967
OCLC Number: 987911320
Notes: Translated from the Dutch version "Iedereen geniaal. Humane genetica in woorden en cartoons".
Cartoons: Joris Snaet.
Description: 1 online resource (232 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction --
The genome : the cookbook of life --
Reading genomes --
A gene, a genome, and then what? --
Genetic disorders --
Angelina Jolie's choice --
Give me back my DNA! --
We are all carriers --
New test tracks for fetus DNA --
Designer babies --
As long as it stays in the family --
Everyone's genome investigated --
Finding out more than you would want to know --
HELP! : the government has my DNA! --
Genome hackers --
A Neanderthal in all of us? --
Mudbloods --
My Olympic DNA --
The godfather --
Personalizing medicine to fit your genetic profile --
Gene therapy, a medicine? --
Consumer genomics --
Genes and patents --
X and Y.
Other Titles: Iedereen geniaal.
Responsibility: Pascal Borry and Gert Matthijs.

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"A smart and witty guide to all you want to know about human genetics. Human genetics is not the playground of science alone. Genetics concerns all of us, for we all have DNA, genes, genomes, and chromosomes. Our genes determine partly our appearance and our behaviour, our talents and our health risks. The authors of The Human Recipe use humour to explain what we understand about human genetics. With anecdotes and topical examples, they demonstrate how genetics affects our everyday lives. What if a DNA analysis were to reveal that your biological father must be someone other than the person you've been calling 'Dad' for years? Does genetics explain why Africans excel in athletics, Asians in gymnastics, and Europeans mainly in sports testing physical strengths? What is the difference between a genetic disease and a contagious illness? The newest developments in human genetics also raise ethical questions and issues which are currently being debated within the genetics community, and the authors do not avoid looking at these either. Should we use genetics to ensure the conception of healthy children or even 'designer babies'? Should we identify genetic risks before pregnancy? Should we edit genes in embryos? Can we identify our risk for cancers and can we prevent them? What about privacy in DNA research and forensic databases? Can DNA be stolen, and if so, would this be considered a serious crime? The Human Recipe provides a clever insight into all you might want to know about human genetics in our current society"--Provided by publisher.

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