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It Takes a Genome: How a Clash Between Our Genes and Modern Life Is Making Us Sick

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Human beings have astonishing genetic vulnerabilities. More than half of us will die from complex diseases that trace directly to those vulnerabilities, and the modern world we've created places us at unprecedented risk from them." In It Takes a Genome," Greg Gibson posits a revolutionary new hypothesis: Our genome is out of equilibrium, both with itself and its environmen ...more
Hardcover, 187 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by FT Press (first published December 24th 2008)
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K
This book started off pretty deep and got shallow quick. I felt like at first I got a pretty good overview of how genes and our environment work together to cause many of the diseases plaguing us today. The first two chapters on breast cancer and diabetes seems particularly intriguing. But it quickly lost steam.

I do not have a background in biology and certainly not genetics so I am dependent entirely on the author's explanations. I do, however, have a background in psychology and his chapter on
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David
Not bad for a quick survey of the interplay between genetic research and our modern lifestyle. In agreement with another reviewer, he does make some logical leaps and unsatisfactory analogies, as well as having a tendency to lose the reader's interest in several places. Overall, it was broken down into some background and a handful of disease states - the book certainly has room to grow (for future editions). In any case, I wanted to see more of the impact of genetics on medicine than what I too ...more
Jesper Nielsen
Great review of the newest human genome research.
Told in a way so anybody with the least amount of science literacy can understand it.

This research has great implications for public health policy when it comes to treatment.
The research shows that the major human disorders: heart disease, diabetes, auto immune disorders and cancer are caused by many genes that only influences the disorder a few percent.
There are thus no hope for magic bullet that will solve these public health problems.

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Dana
I was so bored! I only made it about 20% through before giving up, maybe the rest of the book would have gotten better, but I have lots of other things I'd rather read than attempting to get any farther in this one. It's not because I didn't understand the subject matter. I took quite a few genetics classes while getting my biology degree, and this book made a topic that used to interest me so dry. Oh well, at least I didn't pay for it.
Nancy
Nice overview of genetic status of several diaeases. Takeaway message--most genetic variation is caused by multiple genes affwcted by multiple environmental factors.
Will
It's a fun read, but doesn't tell you anything that you won't already know if you've read Genome.
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