The Human Genome Project

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This book, one of the series "The Library of Future Medicine," provides information on the history of genetics, current developments in the field, and discussion of the future impact of the completion of the Human Genome Project. The Human Genome Project was begun in order to decode the entire sequence of genes for humans. In the year 2000, researchers announced that they had successfully completed ninety-five percent of the sequencing, an accomplishment that should have a major impact on many aspects of human health in the future. Although the book is fairly comprehensive, it can, at times be somewhat inaccurate or confusing. It incorrectly defines the term "artificial insemination," confusing it with in-vitro fertilization. It also shows a photograph of Nobel Prize winners Watson and Crick, and fails to mention that they shared the prize with a third researcher, Maurice Wilkins, for their discoveries regarding DNA. In the introduction, it reports that "Chromosomes govern everything the human body will become," a generalization that the author makes an effort to deny in a later section of the book. Information about Alzheimer's Disease is presented twice in the book, once in great detail in a section on the future of genetic testing, but then only very generally in a section specifically about Alzheimer's Disease. Combining the information would have made it more useful. Using bold face type on bright white pages, with an illustration once every several pages, and including numerous boxes of additional information, the book has an attractive appearance. It includes a glossary, a list of pertinent organizations, a link to the publisher for additional Web pages, (not yet functional at thetime of this review), a list of suggested further reading, a bibliography, and an index. In spite of the flaws, this title would be useful in a many collections because of the great increase of interest this burgeoning field has inspired. 2003, The Rosen Publishing Group,
— Leslie Rounds
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435851580
  • Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Series: Health and Your Body Series
  • Pages: 64

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