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DNA: Promise and Peril
The genetic revolution has provided incredibly valuable information about our DNA, information that can be used to benefit and inform—but also to judge, discriminate, and abuse. An essential reference for living in today's world, this book gives the background information critical to understanding how genetics is now affecting our everyday lives. Written in clear, lively ...more
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by University of California Press
(first published January 1st 2006)
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Dec 31, 2011 Becca rated it liked it
Recommended to Becca by: NEJM
This is intended to be a complete overview of medical genetics and the current dilemmas at the forefront of the field. And, to be honest, as a medical geneticist (trainee) myself, I felt a little bored at times. It hits all of the cliche notes: Dor Yeshorim, Jesse Gelsinger, Dolly the Sheep, Rosalind Franklin, the Ashkenazi Y chromosome, HeLa cells, Myriad's BRCA patents and sickle cell screening; basically, if you've read anything about genetics in the news in the last ten plus years, it's in ...more
I swindled this for $5.00 at a local hospital so of course I had to read it! This would be a great overview of the field if you did not know much about Genetic work or DNA. There were a lot of expected topics of discussion brought up but not lengthy enough discussions to really get into them. Still a fun overview, even if most of the information can be found elsewhere.