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One in a billion : the story of Nic Volker and the dawn of genomic medicine

Author: Mark Johnson, (Journalist); Kathleen Gallagher, (Journalist)
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Mark Johnson and Kathleen Gallagher chronicle the story of Nic Volker, the Wisconsin boy at the center of a daring breakthrough in medicine--a complete gene sequencing to discover the cure for an otherwise undiagnosable illness. At just two years old, Nic experienced a searing pain that signaled the awakening of a new and deadly disease. For years, through false starts and failed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Case studies
Named Person: Nic Volker; Nic Volker
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Johnson, (Journalist); Kathleen Gallagher, (Journalist)
ISBN: 9781451661323 1451661320
OCLC Number: 913303410
Description: vi, 246 pages : portrait ; 24 cm
Contents: At the threshold --
Beyond the four letters --
Try me --
The pied piper --
An extraordinary patient --
Diagnostic odyssey --
Spiders on the ceiling --
Big steps and fast --
Patient X --
No more secrets --
Survivors --
The dragon --
The genome joke --
Why are we here? --
Unknown territory --
I'm going to tell you a story --
Fine white threads --
Thousands of suspects --
The culprit --
Faith and doubt --
The smell of creamed corn --
Inheritance --
Come along and follow me.
Responsibility: Mark Johnson and Kathleen Gallagher.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Mark Johnson and Kathleen Gallagher chronicle the story of Nic Volker, the Wisconsin boy at the center of a daring breakthrough in medicine--a complete gene sequencing to discover the cure for an otherwise undiagnosable illness. At just two years old, Nic experienced a searing pain that signaled the awakening of a new and deadly disease. For years, through false starts and failed cures, Nic holds on to life, buoyed up by his mother's fierce drive to get him the care he needs. But when even the world's experts are stumped by Nic's illness, his doctors come up with a radical, long-shot plan: a step into the unknown. The next major scientific frontier, following the completion of the Human Genome Project, was to figure out how to use our new knowledge to save lives--to bring genomic or personalized medicine into reality. The quest is undertaken by researchers around the world, but it is only when geneticist Howard Jacob hears about young Nic that the finish line finally comes into sight: It's no longer a race to make history. It's a race to save this boy's life.--Adapted from dust jacket.

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