Genomic Medicine: Articles from the New England Journal of Medicine / Edition 1

Genomic Medicine: Articles from the New England Journal of Medicine / Edition 1

by Alan E. Guttmacher
     
 

"Fifteen years ago, many questioned the wisdom of sequencing the human genome. There were concerns not only about the technical feasibility of such an effort, but also that its scientific worth would prove too modest to warrant the investment of human and financial capital that the project would require. This collection of essays stands as eloquent testimony to

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"Fifteen years ago, many questioned the wisdom of sequencing the human genome. There were concerns not only about the technical feasibility of such an effort, but also that its scientific worth would prove too modest to warrant the investment of human and financial capital that the project would require. This collection of essays stands as eloquent testimony to those who overcame such doubts to create, nurture, and finish the sequencing of the human genome in April 2003, a date that will forever stand out in human history. The wide and public availability of the human genome sequence and the other tools spawned by the Human Genome Project have helped to create an unparalleled era of biomedical discovery. It has opened up new avenues for the understanding of the biology of human health and disease. Many of these avenues remain to be fully explored, but this volume already demonstrates that information about genetics and genomics is increasingly permeating our clinical approach to patients."—from the Foreword by Dr. Elias Zerhouni

For more than a century, knowledge about the role of genes has been gradually reshaping perceptions of our health and of ourselves. From Mendel's work with plants and Watson and Crick's model of DNA's double-helix structure to the recent decoding of the human genome, the tremendous advances in our ability to analyze and interpret gene sequences are revolutionizing many aspects of medicine. Genomic Medicine collects and updates an acclaimed series of articles published in the pages of the New England Journal of Medicine since November 2002 that together provide an authoritative and comprehensive overview of the latest developments in the field of medical genetics and an exploration of where these advances might take medicine over the next decade.

Beginning with a fundamental primer and a useful glossary of terms, the book offers the latest information on the use of genetics to screen, diagnose, and treat a wide variety of diseases, including breast and ovarian cancer and cardiovascular, Alzheimer, and Parkinson disease. Also included are discussions of population screening, pharmacogenetics, and the ethical, legal, and social dimensions of genomic medicine. Edited by leaders in the field, written by experts from around the globe, and brimming with full-color illustrations, Genomic Medicine is an indispensable guide to the full potential of the DNA-based transformation of medicine.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801879791
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
List of Contributors
Glossary
1Getting Ready for Gene-Based Medicine1
2Genomic Medicine - A Primer3
3Genetic Testing14
4Population Screening in the Age of Genomic Medicine28
5Inheritance and Drug Response41
6Pharmacogenomics - Drug Disposition, Drug Targets, and Side Effects54
7Pharmacogenetics in the Laboratory and the Clinic70
8Hereditary Colorectal Cancer74
9Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease93
10Molecular Diagnosis of the Hematologic Cancers106
11Breast and Ovarian Cancer118
12Cardiovascular Disease131
13Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genomic Medicine148
14Genomics as a Probe for Disease Biology158
15Welcome to the Genomic Era166
Index171

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