Welcome to the Genome: A User's Guide to Your Genetic past, Present, and Future

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Praise for Welcome to the Genome

"In clear, engaging prose Welcome to the Genome provides the educated reader with a guide to understanding one of the most important moments in the history of biology. DeSalle and Yudell have provided a real service to all who want to participate in the great debate that is overtaking science and medicine today."
–David Rosner, Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, New York

"Welcome to the Genome is a fascinating and instructive journey through ...

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Overview

Praise for Welcome to the Genome

"In clear, engaging prose Welcome to the Genome provides the educated reader with a guide to understanding one of the most important moments in the history of biology. DeSalle and Yudell have provided a real service to all who want to participate in the great debate that is overtaking science and medicine today."
–David Rosner, Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, New York

"Welcome to the Genome is a fascinating and instructive journey through the science that increasingly tells us of our origins and offers the hope of improving our future. It is a terrific book for students of any age who want to learn more about the power and potential of DNA."
–Robert Bazell, NBC News, New York, New York

"This is a valuable and enjoyable read for anyone interested in the recently completed Human Genome Project and the ongoing genomic revolution."
–Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

"DeSalle and Yudell have pulled off a remarkable feat: balancing a sophisticated and clear explanation of human molecular genetics while delving into a wide range of social and political issues. I know of no other book that has integrated these topics so seamlessly, and with such availability to a wide public."
–Troy Duster, Ph.D., New York University, New York, New York

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Editorial Reviews

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"...a welcome introduction to the broader aspects of how the genetic revolution will influence our lives." (American Journal of Medical Genetics, March 1, 2006)

"...the book fills a niche by providing a time-related commentary about the use of DNA and molecular genetics discoveries...a unique perspective seldom seen in other books about DNA." (Clinical Chemistry, February 2006)

"This is a great supplement to a textbook-based genetics unit, or it could be enrichment reading…Teachers who want a quick and easy update will appreciate it, too." (Journal of College Science Teaching, January/February 2006)

"...helpful introduction to one of the most compelling areas of modern biology." (The Quarterly Review of Biology, June 2005)

"...takes the reader on an adventure through the human genome...the implications will surely amaze and excite…" (The American Biology Teacher, May 2005)

"…a captivating story on genetics and genetics…an excellent resource…" (Annals of Biomedical Engineering, April 2005)

"Truly the 'user's guide' that it purports to be, this book provides in nine short, readable chapters a wealth of information..." (CHOICE, March 2005)

"…very well written so the concepts covered are accessible to all levels or readers." (E-STREAMS, March 2005)

"DeSalle and Yudell should be applauded for their ambition...a timely and readable book...[that] captures the excitement and potential peril of the Genome Revolution with aplomb." (Nature Genetics, February 2005)

"…engagingly written and illustrated in full-color...an essential guide for those who want to understand—and participate in—the accelerating promise of the genomic revolution." (Natural History, February 2005)

"…the first text we've seen to cover new discoveries in DNA research in a way that has the potential to capture a broad audience." (Electric Review, October/ November 2004)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471453314
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/17/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

ROB DeSALLE received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Washington University. His postdoctoral studies were completed at the University of California at Berkeley and he held an assistant professorship at Yale University. He currently is a curator in the Division of Invertebrates and the co-Director of the Molecular Laboratories at the American Museum of Natural History. His research utilizes high throughput DNA sequencing approaches to examine the systematics of insects, conservation biology problems, and bacterial genomics.

MICHAEL YUDELL re-ceived his B.A. from Tufts University and completed graduate work at both the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. He has held the position of researcher in the Molecular Laboratories at the American Museum of Natural History, where his work focused on genome policy and ethics, and the position of health policy analyst at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. He is the editor, with Rob DeSalle, of The Genomic Revolution: Unveiling The Unity Of Life. Yudell is currently an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Drexel University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: Welcome to the Genome.

PART I: DISCOVERY.

1. From Mendel to Molecules.

2. The Building Blocks of Gene Sequencing.

3. Sequencing the Genome.

PART II: INFORMATION.

4. Keeping the Genome Safe.

5. 99.9%.

6. The Tree of Life.

PART III: ADVANCEMENT.

7. The World To Come: Medicine.

8. The World To Come: Agriculture.

CONCLUSION.

9. Caution: Welcoming the Genome.

Appendix 1, An Experiment: Seeing Your Own DNA.

Glossary.

Endnotes.

Photo Credits.

Index.

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