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The Age of Genomes: Tales from the Front Lines of Genetic Medicine

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A leading geneticist explores what promises to be one of the most transformative advances in health and medicine in history

Almost every week, another exciting headline appears about new advances in the field of genetics. Genetic testing is experiencing the kind of exponential growth once seen with the birth of the Internet, while the plummeting cost of DNA sequencing makes
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Beacon Press
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Jim
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dr. Lipkin makes several points in this book with some points being made more forcefully than others.
(1) Do not be a genetic fatalist - meaning that genes are important in what happens to all of us but so is some other stuff, like environment and nutrition. We don't yet understand why not everyone with breast cancer genes don't get breast cancer. On the other hand, I didn't hear him argue that not everyone who has a gene for hemophilia doesn't get hemophilia
(2) Eugenics is a "bad" word these day
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Nancy
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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This book is a series of chapters that each contain a story about someone with a medical issue. Usually the illness has a genetic basis which Dr. Lipkin uses as a starting point to explain some aspect of genetic medicine.

The best part of the book is that he brings out some of the problems with being able to sequence anyone's genome. So often knowing more about genetic defects just gives a person more things to worry about. Eventually all this knowledge will surely bring better treatments, but f
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Elentarri
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is a collection of "tales from the front lines of genetic medicine". The author discusses what is possible and not possible with current genetic technology. He also discusses some of the ethical issues of this technology. This book is set out in a conversational tone describing case studies, with limited science or technical discussion. In short, interesting if you haven't read much on genetics, nothing new if you have.
Becky
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good accessible resource for understanding impact and application of genomic data.
Stacey
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a cancer communicator; it's my job to distill and disseminate complex science. That said, I was gobsmacked by how well the authors covered this topic. They made it easy to understand, totally engaging and a joy to read. Instead of stuffy science, it was personal - through patient stories, and insights into the personality of the good doctor himself. The writing was fantastic as well - so many clever turns of phrase, and a little humor. I actually found myself laughing out loud in some place ...more
Katie
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dr. Lipkin is a medical geneticist who writes about some of his cases to raise current issues that arise in the field of genetics. Overall, I enjoyed this book with its mixture of real patients and the ethical and difficult medical concerns that geneticists and their patients face. I appreciated how he talked about some of the unrealistic expectations people have with being able to "read their genes" and he presented some of the pitfalls that can happen when people expect their genetic code to b ...more
Jennifer
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This book"The Age of Genomes" tales from the front lines of genetic medicine which is a relative new concept is a very interesting read.I found that this world of DNA and what it represents is astounding and fascinating start to what could be both positive and negative in the world compared to the nuclear physics of the last century.
I would like to thank the author and goodreads for this chance to read this book.Its a complex one and would like to re read it again soon.I enjoyed this book and fe
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Ian yarington
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
My girlfriend is a genealogist so DNA testing and anything that helps to map ancestry is totally fascinating to her. I on the other hand just enjoy the idea of advancing science and having a better understanding of who we are as beings. DNA is probably the biggest most important piece to our human being puzzle. Interesting read, although admittedly, at times it was over my head.
Michele
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I was surprised on how well the author covered this topic. It is easy to understand, engaging and a joy to read. Instead of stuffy science, it was personal - through patient stories, and insights into the personality of the good doctor himself.
Cyndi
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Several interesting and lightly connected essays on the world of genetic research. Lovely to read a book that is very up-to-date (there was even a reference to the late David Bowie). As a snapshot of the science, it's worth reading. In five years, the book won't be as meaningful.
Jamie Showrank
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well-written, easy to understand and I learned a lot!
Chad
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