Experimental Man: What One Man's Body Reveals about His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World

Experimental Man: What One Man's Body Reveals about His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World

by David Ewing Duncan


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Bestselling author David Ewing Duncan takes the ultimate high-tech medical exam, investigating the future impact of what's hidden deep inside all of us
David Ewing Duncan takes "guinea pig" journalism to the cutting edge of science, building on award-winning articles he wrote for Wired and National Geographic, in which he was tested for hundreds of chemicals and genes associated with disease, emotions, and other traits. Expanding on these tests, he examines his genes, environment, brain, and body, exploring what they reveal about his and his family's future health, traits, and ancestry, as well as the profound impact of this new self-knowledge on what it means to be human.
David Ewing Duncan (San Francisco, CA) is the Chief Correspondent of public radio's Biotech Nation and a frequent commentator on NPR's Morning Edition. He is a contributing editor to Portfolio, Discover, and Wired and a columnist for Portfolio. His books include the international bestseller Calendar: Humanity's Epic Struggle to Determine a True and Accurate Year (978-0-380-79324-2). He is a former special producer and correspondent for ABC's Nightline, and appears regularly on CNN and programs such as Today and Good Morning America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620458211
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/01/2009
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

DAVID EWING DUNCAN is the Chief Correspondent on public radio's Biotech Nation and a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition. He's a contributing editor and columnist for Conde Nast Portfolio, and a former contributing editor for Discover and Wired. He was a freelance producer and correspondent for ABC's Nightline and a correspondent with NOVA. He has written for National Geographic, Fortune, the Atlantic, Harper's, and many others. He's the author of several books, including Calendar, an international bestseller published in 19 languages. He is the Director of the Center for Life Science Policy at UC Berkeley and is a sought-after speaker. He has won numerous awards, including an AAAS Science Journalism Award.

Table of Contents

Experimental Man Index.


A fish and mercury story.

Your host.

Checkup with my internist (the plan and three rules).


Not a genetic virgin.

Predicting the future.

I’m doomed. Or not.

A tale of two brothers.

My gene pool (mother, father, brother and daughter).

Rollo the Viking and me.

My dinosaur DNA.

You show me yours, I’ll show you mine.

Genes-‘r’ us.

Ready for prime time?


Light my fire.

Three-thousand-mile trail of blood.

Idyllic childhood in Kansas, except for the toxic waste dump.

Hotspot on the Hudson.

Whose body burden?

Do my genes protect me?

Immortal cells bathed in mercury.

The rise of envirogenetics.


The incredible shrinking brain.

Remembering the moon over the mountain, forget the blonde.

A brain half my age.

High anxiety and the saber-toothed editor.

Does my brain believe in God?

Greed, gambling, and why my brain loves Dodgeball, the movie.

Building a new superbrain.

Meta-neuroscience and the elusive whole.

4. BODY.

Prediction: Heart attack in 2017?

Raging Lipids.

Bumps on my kidneys. …oh no!

Life at 122 (the gene that regulates forever).

Epilogue: Eternity.

Experimental Children.




Experimental Man Online.


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Experimental Man: What One Man's Body Reveals about His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bragan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author, a healthy 50-year-old, subjected himself to a huge battery of cutting-edge medical tests, including gene sequencing, screening for environmental toxins, and brain and body scans. In this book, he reports on his results and on the current state of the testing technology. Despite Duncan's attempt to personalize and humanize the medical science by tying it into his own life, this is still a bit dry and unsatisfying in places, with long lists of genes, complicated and often contradictory risk statistics, and statements from doctors and scientists along the lines of, "Well, this might mean something, or it might not." But these are also the very things that make the book worthwhile. It doesn't oversimplify or over-hype, but instead provides a clear and balanced look at areas of science and technology that have the potential to be incredibly exciting, but are at the moment still very much in their infancy.
Edricflo More than 1 year ago
Great Book! Amazing insight about the possibilities of the future! Found the book on Ebay very cheap! Worth every penny!