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Abraham Lincoln's DNA and Other Adventures in Genetics
Twenty-four true, wide-ranging tales of crime, history, human behaviour, illness and ethics, told from the personal perspective of an eminent physician-lawyer. Philip Reilly uses these stories to illustrate the principles of human genetics and the wider issues.
Unknown Binding, 339 pages
Published September 10th 2007 by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
(first published August 28th 2000)
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I'd recommend Abraham Lincoln’s DNA to any person interested in genetics and DNA, and especially to introductory biology students. It provides a broad overview on applied research in biotechnology and current technologies and methods used in genetics. I loved the organization of the book, which allows the reader to closely examine the areas that interests them most. For me, the most interesting chapters were the discussion on property rights and privacy of genetic information, and the burden of ...more
Feb 12, 2013 Joan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Science fans
Recommended to Joan by: Rebecca Bartlett
This started out as fascinating. It began to drag and I also found myself disagreeing with some of the author's opinions, often given more or less as fact. I don't consider animals a wise choice for science experiments. For example, I just read today that they have found that mice do not react the same way humans do I think in lung and skin experiments, so labwork that has been based on those specific studies are at best iffy, most likely, invalid. There were other comments he made that bothered ...more
When I read this book back in 2004, I was absolutely enamored. The cases, the stories, the science, the bioethics, the controversy, absolutely fascinating. At that time I was a junior in high school, and it was recommended to me by my adv. bio teacher. Genetics, from that point on, was a passion of mine. I went on to study it in college, as well as public health, and now I find myself asking some of the same questions at my job that Dr. Reilly posed in this book, now almost a decade on. I would ...more
The stories are a bit hit or miss. Applications to historical studies and legal overviews are quite interesting, but by the time the book comes around to discussion of GMOs, it becomes a little didactic. There's little-to-no recognition that there may be a shred of validity to concerns from environmentalists or bioethicists about rapid, un-regulated commercial applications of genetic research to the food supply.
This is a great introduction for those interested in genetics as it provides definitions of scientific terms and traces the history of genetics. The story tells very interesting cases, most notably Abraham Lincoln, to understand the problems that can arise within the field of genetics. There is also a focus on the technology at the time available when the author wrote this. It is a bit dated, but I still would recommend for an introduction to genetics.
it was okay. The history aspect of the book was very interesting, however a lot of the questions the author posed remained unresolved. Also being that this book is 10 years old, all of the author's speculations don't really hold up. Also some of the technology is missing due to age, but that is part of what makes it a good science history book.
Sep 22, 2011 Merna rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with the least of interest in genetics and medicine
Recommended to Merna by: My Biology teacher
I've never read a medical book on this level of entertainment. It was educational, well informative,extremely interesting, diverse, fascinating, and incredibly wonderful. Every minute I spent reading this book was a minute well spent.