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The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine

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1st
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9780061733185

ISBN10:
0061733180
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2011
Publisher(s):
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

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 Anymorep. xi
The Future Has Already Happenedp. 1
When Genes Go Wrong, It Gets Personalp. 23
Is It Time to Learn Your Own Secrets?p. 59
Getting Personal with the Big Cp. 98
What's Race Got to Do with It?p. 142
Genes and Germsp. 165
Genes and the Brainp. 183
Genes and Agingp. 211
The Right Drug at the Right Dose for the Right Personp. 231
A Vision for the Futurep. 251
Glossaryp. 281
Genetics 101p. 291
A Brief Personal History of the Human Genome Projectp. 299
Rational Drug Developmentp. 307
Services Provided by Direct-to-Consumer Genetics Companies Offering Broad-Spectrum Testingp. 315
Indexp. 319
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