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

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

by Philip R. Reilly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0879699434

ISBN-13: 9780879699437

Pub. Date: 02/17/2010

Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press


This updated edition of Philip Reilly's highly praised and provocative book has been expanded to include an essay about the fast-moving and controversial field of personal genomics. In the essay, Reilly explains how new, cutting-edge technologies have facilitated the rapid discovery of genetic markers associated with ailments such as macular degeneration, heart…  See more details below

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This updated edition of Philip Reilly's highly praised and provocative book has been expanded to include an essay about the fast-moving and controversial field of personal genomics. In the essay, Reilly explains how new, cutting-edge technologies have facilitated the rapid discovery of genetic markers associated with ailments such as macular degeneration, heart disease, and schizophrenia. He describes how the same powerful technologies can be used to interpret the DNA sequence of anyone in the world--who can afford it. But how valuable are the data obtained from these tests? Will "personalized medicine" really improve our health and well-being? And at what cost? Reilly's new essay is a worthy addition to his entertaining and informative collection of stories on topics such as genetics and the future of sports, the evolutionary origins of humans, the mysteries of genetic diseases, the similarities between dogs and people, the impact of genetic engineering on what we eat, and the ethical dimensions of stem cell research.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879699437
Publisher:
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Publication date:
02/17/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
799,535
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1The strongest boy in the world3
2Our ancestors17
3Race33
4Longevity45
5Intelligence57
6Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease71
7Huntington's disease83
8Deafness95
9San Luis Valley syndrome107
10Severe combined immune deficiency119
11Dogs133
12Cats147
13Mice159
14Corn171
15Rice183
16History197
17DNA forensics209
18Art and language221
19Preimplantation genetic diagnosis233
20Stem cells245

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