Here Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics
The first in-depth look at personal genomics: its larger-than-life research subjects; its entrepreneurs and do-it-yourselfers; its technology developers; the bewildered and overwhelmed physicians and regulators who must negotiate it; and what it means to be a "public genome" in a world where privacy is already under siege
In 2007, Misha Angrist became the fourth subje...more
If you are a non-scientist like me, you also hope that when the term human genomics is thrown out at some dinner party you can deliver one pithy line of commentary and then retreat to the kitchen to refill your glass.
Here Is a Human Being is an entertaining tale about one man’s foray into ...more
Misha Angrist was one of the first participants accepted into the "Personal Genome Project" (PGP) -- the brainchild of Harvard scientist George Church. The underlying premise of PGP is to not only sequence people's genomes (or maybe just exomes?) but also to give all of ...more
I could not have been more wrong.
This was such an interesting read. In the narrative, the author walks that fine line between informative and entertaining, thus doing an excellent job of keeping you engaged in the work. The book is written in a way that makes the more technical aspects e ...more
Of course, working in healthcare, I had heard about personal genomics. It was on my horizon, something about which I wanted to know more. When I was offered a review copy of the new edition of Here Is A Human Being, At the Dawn of Personal Genomics by Misha Angrist, I thought that would be a great way for me to accomplish that goal.
For context, I’ve written a few book reviews in my past. Enough so, that I have my usual strategy: read the ...more
Several people who saw me reading this book asked what it was about. When I gave the basic premise, the first question was always "what did he find out?" That's the natural first question, but once you've read (or e ...more
Angrist gives us a first-person account of his PGP-10 experience. (PGP-10 is the first 10 individuals to publish their complete genomes.) The account was easy to read as it flows like a stream of conscientiousness tale. It is personal and you actually get an idea of the personalities of people he foll ...more