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Human Genetics Paperback – November 15, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0073101439 ISBN-10: 0073101435 Edition: 7th

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 7 edition (November 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073101435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073101439
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,164,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ricki Lewis, well-known author of Life, Beginnings of Life, and Human Genetics. She received her Ph.D. in genetics from Indiana University. She is practicing genetics counselor for Women's Medical Health Care in New York..

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On a bright September Sunday in 2008, 8-year-old Corey Haas walked up the pathway to the Philadelphia zoo holding his parents' hands, looked up, and screamed. It was the first time he'd seen the sun.

Four days earlier, Corey had undergone gene therapy for hereditary blindness at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. An eye surgeon had gently placed billions of viruses bearing healing genes just beneath the rods and cones of Corey's left eye. Now, at the zoo, seeing the sun hurt.

Corey's suddenly restored vision marked a renaissance for gene therapy, a biotechnology sadly sidelined nine years earlier when an 18-year-old died in a similar experiment in the same city, also in just four days.

The Forever Fix tells the riveting saga of gene therapy: how it works, the science behind it, how young patients have been helped and harmed, and how researchers learned from each trial to inch one step closer to its immense promise, the promise of a "forever fix" - a cure that, by correcting a problem at its genetic roots, doesn't need further treatment.

Corey's inspiring true story unfolds against the backdrop of other children receiving gene therapy since the field was born in 1990, and those looking ahead to it in the coming months. The treatments pioneered on their rare diseases will reverberate to many more common illnesses. The compelling voices of the children, families, researchers, and physicians at the forefront of this biotechnology relate the ups and downs that have led to its recent success, and looming acceptance. And no one has told these intertwining stories - until now.

The Forever Fix, dedicated to the children of gene therapy, is a celebration of science, medicine, parent activism, and most important of all, hope.

RICKI LEWIS is a Ph.D. geneticist, journalist, professor and genetic counselor. The author of one of the most widely used college textbooks in the field (Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications, now in it's 10th edition), she has also written hundreds of articles for trade and specialized magazines, including Nature, Discover, and The Scientist. She is a hospice volunteer and frequent public speaker. Ricki lives near Schenectady, NY, and as much as possible in Martha's Vineyard.

Follow Ricki Lewis on Twitter (@rickilewis), on her blog Genetic Linkage (www.rickilewis.com), and at https/www.facebook.com/rickilewisauthor.




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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on September 4, 2007
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For professors who are thinking of using this book, as a student I felt it engaged me immensely. For students who are contemplating shelling out the $$ for the book, I don't quite know what to tell you. The book is very easy to read, lots of colorful pictures, not just dry text. Each chapter starts off with a semi-personal story about the topic at hand. My teacher didn't use it that often for work but I found it helpful to support what I was learning in class. Great reference. Human Genetics is a very interesting topic and can get any lay person to talk about their views on what kind of world they want to see.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Cardinale on February 18, 2006
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great text book for genetics course. I use it at NYU. Easy to read, great illustrations, helpful index.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on March 20, 2011
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There are some positive aspects of this book:
-Short sections
-Lots of pictures/diagrams
-Lots of personal stores, examples, etc.

All these factors make this book pretty easy to get through. However, the quality of writing and thought organization is terrible:

-Jumps from idea to idea
-Gives examples of a disorder, but doesn't mention what that disorder is
-LOTS of sentence structure issues, including sentences that just don't make sense; Ex: "The second major type of DNA microarray experiment, a DNA sequence variation analysis, screen mutations, SNPs, and the wild type sequence for a particular gene." (This is not a sentence! Is there a word missing or something?)
-Wordiness galore: "In a Darwinian sense, an unattractive and out-of-shape parent of ten is more "fit" than a gorgeous triathlete with one child." (What does being unattractive or gorgeous have to do with it?)

There are a million more examples of the crappy writing.

Honestly, a lot of the sentences are worded awkwardly. This book should be rewritten, reorganized, and EDITED.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 1998
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This is a good book, but the topic is so enormous that the book is too broad and should be more specific. The book is an overview of so many areas and it doesn't go into much detail. A excellent book for someone who is illiterate in human genetics like an undergraduate.
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By Dead_catz on March 12, 2013
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the book came exactly what i ordered good condition, i cant say about the book though as i have not even touched it for my course
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By EM on February 14, 2012
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This has been a very helpful and informative text. The illustrations and detail in the chapters provides an abundance of useful information.
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By nrewing on July 1, 2011
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Compreshensive text of beginning genetics for healthcare professionals. Thought I was ordering the latest edition but this is adequate for my class.
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By Caitlyn on September 26, 2009
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Easy to read and easy to understand the complications of genetics. This book is highly recommended for any genetics class!
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