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Collins, Francis S
The language of life : DNA and the revolution in personalized medicine / Francis S. Collins
Alternate Title DNA and the revolution in personalized medicine
1st ed
New York : Harper, c2010
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  RB155.65 .C65 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Genetic screening -- Popular works
Medical genetics. -- Popular works
DNA -- Popular works
Physical Description xxv, 332 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes index
Contents The future has already happened -- When genes go wrong, it gets personal -- Is it time to learn your own secrets? -- Getting personal with the big C -- What's race got to do with it? -- Genes and germs -- Genes and the brain -- Genes and aging -- The right drug at the right dose for the right person -- A vision for the future
Summary A medical revolution is upon us, and leading geneticist Collins explains its dimensions here. Our knowledge of the genetic basis for disease has increased exponentially in recent years, and we are now able to understand and treat diseases at the molecular level with personalized medicine--care based on an individual's genetic makeup. Collins presents cutting-edge science for lay readers who want to take control of their medical lives. He discusses cancer, obesity, aging, racial differences, and a host of other concerns, as well as the medical advances directly attributable to the Human Genome Project. He is also not shy about taking on large political issues: he points out problems with our current health-care system, discusses stem-cell research, and in a cogent commentary, recommends--with caveats--direct-to-consumer DNA testing. He does a superb job of humanizing a complex scientific and medical subject.--From publisher description
Note Includes bibliographical references and index

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