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A scientific and medical revolution is upon us. Virtually all diseases have a significant hereditary component: diabetes, heart disease, the common cancers, mental illness, asthma, arthritis - and the secrets to these and many more are now being unlocked for the first time, thanks to cutting-edge research from laboratories around the world. Today, with a test costing just a few hundred pounds, you can learn about the health risks encrypted in your DNA in order to tackle any potential problems early and effectively. Francis Collins has been at the forefront of this revolution. The former head of the international Human Genome Project, he is now the Director of the National Institute of Health in the United States. The Language of Life combines world-class scientific research with practical advice to help those who face common illness, often without hope, to discover a new world of understanding, treatment and prevention. And each one of us will learn about our own DNA: how it works, what it reveals, and the limits and benefits of this groundbreaking knowledge which could change the way we live our lives. Contents: Introduction: We are Not in Kansas Anymore ? The Future has Already Happened ? When Genes Go Wrong, It Gets Personal ? Is it Time to Learn Your Own Secrets? ? Getting Personal with the Big C ? What has Race Got to Do with It? ? Genes and Germs ? Genes and the Brain ? Genes and Aging ? The Right Drug at the Right Dose for the Right Person ? A Vision for the Future ? Appendix A: Glossary ? Appendix B: Genetics 101 ? Appendix C: A Brief Personal History of the Human Genome Project ? Appendix D: Rational Drug Development ? Appendix E: Services Provided by Direct-to-Consumer Genetics Companies Offering Broad-Spectrum Testing ? Index. Printed Pages: 368. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 11409
Titel: The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution...
Verlag: Profile Books
Auflage: First edition.