The Strongest Boy in the World: How Genetic Information Is Reshaping Our Lives / Edition 1

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Each of Reilly's five fascinating tales about genetic disorders raises ethical questions that loom in our future. Many children born deaf have two copies of a particular gene mutation, and it is now possible to identify couples at risk for bearing deaf children even if they have no family history. But is deafness a disease? On that question, hearing parents of deaf children often sharply disagree with deaf adults. As the science progresses, will the number of children born deaf decline and put a culture at risk?
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Nature
The Strongest Boy in the World is a wonderful tour of genetics, genomics and stem-cell biology. General readers may find the science a stretch, but the effort will be amply rewarded with a better understanding of some of the most important issues currently facing our society. It isn't that Reilly gives new perspectives, but rather that he presents a rich, fascinating history and a broad view of the science that seasoned geneticists think about every day. Instruction about basic principles of genetics is minimal, with a 'knock-out' mouse being defined in terms of a transgenic mouse, for readers who know what the latter is. Reilly delves into broad fields of biology, society and history, clarifying the idea of 'race', but rather muddying the term 'family'.
For the geneticist, Reilly presents a balanced, positive view of ethical and social issues in genetics, and an entertaining background in history, geography and economics, and the way these fields interface with modern genetics and genomics. I've often tried to convince my colleagues across campus that genetics should be a part of every undergraduate's education. No book makes this case more clearly than The Strongest Boy in the World.
The Quarterly Review of Biology
Reilly writes well and avoids being slick and superficial. He believes in an ethical reflection on where science takes us. This combined approach makes the book valuable for courses on science and society or ethics. Teachers will mine a rich vein of anecdotes to use in their lectures, and this volume will be ideal to stimulate class discussion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879698010
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2006
  • Series: Science & Society Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The strongest boy in the world 3
2 Our ancestors 17
3 Race 33
4 Longevity 45
5 Intelligence 57
6 Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease 71
7 Huntington's disease 83
8 Deafness 95
9 San Luis Valley syndrome 107
10 Severe combined immune deficiency 119
11 Dogs 133
12 Cats 147
13 Mice 159
14 Corn 171
15 Rice 183
16 History 197
17 DNA forensics 209
18 Art and language 221
19 Preimplantation genetic diagnosis 233
20 Stem cells 245
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