The Genome Generation

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The year 2001 marked the moment when scientists first read the 3 billion letters of DNA that make up the human genome. This breakthrough begged questions such as What have we learned about evolution? How has it changed the way we practice medicine, grow crops, and breed livestock? and Is the genomic revolution an overhyped flop? Answering these and many other queries, this account covers revolutionary genetic developments in areas as diverse as medicine, agriculture, and evolution. From Botswana to Boston and ...

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Overview

The year 2001 marked the moment when scientists first read the 3 billion letters of DNA that make up the human genome. This breakthrough begged questions such as What have we learned about evolution? How has it changed the way we practice medicine, grow crops, and breed livestock? and Is the genomic revolution an overhyped flop? Answering these and many other queries, this account covers revolutionary genetic developments in areas as diverse as medicine, agriculture, and evolution. From Botswana to Boston and from Australia to Mexico, the contributors to this work reveal what it means to be part of the genome generation.

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“Is the genomic revolution an overhyped flop or are we on the edge of a life-changing revolution? This book stares down the myths and lays out the answers in engaging, compelling stories. This is an accomplished work of scientific literacy.”  —Jon Entine, Genetic Literacy Project, George Mason University

“Elizabeth Finkel tells the evolving story of DNA in an intriguing and accessible way.”  —Peter Doherty, Nobel Prize winner

The Genome Generation is absolutely riveting. These tales from the frontier are a ‘must read’ for everyone who wishes to understand our past—the logic of evolution—or take a peep into our exciting future at the creation of ‘super plants’ through ‘digital agriculture.’”  —R.A. Mashelkar, CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow and India President, Global Research Alliance

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  • ISBN-13: 9780522856477
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Finkel is a journalist, a contributing editor at Cosmos magazine, and a writer at Science magazine. She is the author of Stem Cells and the recipient of a Queensland Premier's Literary Award, as well as a former research scientist with a PhD in Biochemistry and a decade of experience.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction xi

1 The Idea of a Gene 1

2 'Junk is Telling Us Something' 21

3 Lamarck Returns 50

4 Your Genetic Future 88

5 Surviving AIDS 118

6 Feeding Nine Billion 158

7 Meet Your Ancestor 186

Coda 211

Notes 215

Index 265

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