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The language of life : DNA and the revolution in personalized medicine

Author: Francis S Collins
Publisher: New York : Harper, ©2010.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Francis S Collins
ISBN: 9780061733178 0061733172 0061733180 9780061733185
OCLC Number: 496102257
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxv, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Francis S. Collins.
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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.

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