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

by Rob DeSalle (Author), Michael Yudell (Author), American Museum of Natural

History (Author)

Editorial Reviews

"...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)

Product Description
A thrilling "user's guide" to the genomics era
Welcome to the genome, the miraculous blueprint of your DNA, coiled tight as a
spring in the nucleus of each cell of your body. If unwound, the DNA from just
one cell, while only a molecule in width, would stretch six feet in length! The
information stored in its double helix structure - three billion bits worth -
could fill 142 Manhattan phone books.

Yet far more amazing than these facts is the impact the study of genomics has
had on so many areas of our lives. From the promise of personalized medicine and
gene therapy to disputes over the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods,
there is little doubt we are in the midst of the Genomic Revolution. Now how do
we make sense of it all?

Welcome to the Genome takes you right into the thick of today's most
cutting-edge science and its far-reaching implications. Authors Rob DeSalle, who
curated the highly successful Genomics Revolution exhibit at the American Museum
of Natural History in New York, and Michael Yudell, Assistant Professor of
Public Health at Drexel University, have written a book which clearly explains
the ongoing saga of our attempts to understand the mystery of biology's Rosetta
Stone and use its code to better our lives.

This reader-friendly book employs an understandable style and eye-popping
full-color illustrations to provide real insights into the complex science
involved. It delves into the past discoveries that led to the sequencing of the
human genome; it presents the challenges facing today's scientists and society
and culture in general; and it considers the future possibilities of the
developing genome era. Social issues, particularly questions of ethics, receive
special attention, covering an important area too often overshadowed by science
and technology.

If the genome really is the book of life, then we have only just opened to the
first of its many pages. Those who triumphantly claim DNA is destiny may have
spoken too soon; it is far more likely today's discoveries will lead to insights
yet to be imagined. A stirring and informative introduction to a scientific epic
still unfolding, Welcome to the Genome is an essential guide for understanding -
and participating in - the incredible explorations, discussions, and
realizations of the Genomic Revolution.

Product Details

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 28, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0471453315



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