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A scientific and medical revolution has crept up on us. Twenty-one million Americans are affected by 6,000 so-called rare and orphan diseases, many of which are primarily attributable to misspelled genes. And virtually all diseases have a significant hereditary component. Diabetes, heart disease, the common cancers, mental illness, asthma, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and more are having their secrets unlocked through DNA. Families that faced common problems, with-out hope, are now discovering a new world of understanding, treatment, and prevention. You owe it to yourself to learn about your DNA: how it woks, what it reveals, and the benefits and limits of this new knowledge. Book jacket.
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is a pioneer gene hunter. He spent fifteen years as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, where he led the international Human Genome Project to a successful completion. For his revolutionary contributions to genetic research he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007, and the National Medal of Science in 2009. He is the Director of the National Institutes of Health.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: We're Not in Kansas Anymore||p. xi|
|The Future Has Already Happened||p. 1|
|When Genes Go Wrong, It Gets Personal||p. 23|
|Is It Time to Learn Your Own Secrets?||p. 59|
|Getting Personal with the Big C||p. 98|
|What's Race Got to Do with It?||p. 142|
|Genes and Germs||p. 165|
|Genes and the Brain||p. 183|
|Genes and Aging||p. 211|
|The Right Drug at the Right Dose for the Right Person||p. 231|
|A Vision for the Future||p. 251|
|Genetics 101||p. 291|
|A Brief Personal History of the Human Genome Project||p. 299|
|Rational Drug Development||p. 307|
|Services Provided by Direct-to-Consumer Genetics Companies Offering Broad-Spectrum Testing||p. 315|
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