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Human Genetics [Paperback]

Ricki Lewis
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October 7, 2011 0073525308 978-0073525303 10

Today, human genetics is for everyone. It is about variation more than about illnesses, and increasingly about the common rather than about the rare. Once an obscure science or an occasional explanation for an odd collection of symptoms, human genetics is now part of everyday conversation. By coming to know genetic backgrounds, people can control their environments in more healthy ways. Genetic knowledge is, therefore, both informative and empowering. The 10th edition of Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications shows students how and why that is true.

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'Providing the balance between a science book that can appeal to the general public while still providing useful information to the science "professional" is always a challenge. Lewis (medical education, Alden March Bioethics Institute) has succeeded in producing a useful source for each audience.' - Choice May 2011

?Ricki Lewis has done a remarkable job with this book? - Charles W. Rodgers, The American Journal of Human Genetics --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ricki Lewis is the author of Human Genetics, founding author of Life, and co-author of two human anatomy and physiology textbooks, all published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education. She is also the author of the essay collection Discovery: Windows on the Life Sciences and the novel Stem Cell Symphony, and many magazine and journal articles. Dr. Lewis teaches “Genethics” at the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical Center, and is a genetic counselor with CareNet Medical Group in Schenectady, New York.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 10 edition (October 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073525308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073525303
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 (, and at https/

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Genetic Book Required for Class May 17, 2014
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Its a flat out horrible book, the language is for High School Students not for college students, and its very generic in genetic vocabulary and in information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High praise for Genetics January 2, 2014
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Great book, well-written, pictures make it interesting. It reads more like a great story than a textbook. I recommend it highly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just genetics July 10, 2014
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Needed this for school. It was an okay book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the lazy reader! February 21, 2014
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This book is easy to read and the chapters are short enough to read all the way through without getting lost. I hate long chapters during midterms and this book provides a summary after each chapter so you technically do not have to read the chapter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Human Genetics August 21, 2013
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Found the book interesting and helpful for this paticular class. I would recommend this paticular class to anyone who needs it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually Interesting November 30, 2012
By Missy
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I got this book for a college course in human genetics, and it is not just relevant, but very interesting! I actually want to read this book when I have a new chapter assignment. The text is easily understood, but it still has the substance necessary to successfully complete my course.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Connect January 22, 2014
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Did this book come with the Connect access? I paid a lot of money for it and then as I'm using it and needing it for a class I don't see anywhere where there is a code or anything for Connect and I can go to the website and buy the ebook with Connect for $85.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A fraction of the cost as the paper back version
A fraction of the cost as the paper back version. Can use control F to find/search for a particular word. Book contains page numbers. Can use it on three devices.
Published 4 months ago by Bonnie J. Barte
4.0 out of 5 stars OK
My son needed this book for a class. He did well in the class so I assume the book was helpful.
Published 6 months ago by Pamela C. Colony
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, but at what cost?
As a student who is about to complete their undergrad degree in biology (Microbiology to be specific) at a very selective, top-tier university, I must say that this book should not... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Truth
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT good
The water damage is extensive and the cover is all bent up! It makes it difficult to read!
I am NOT satisfied, this book was NOT worth my $100!!
Published 8 months ago by Brielle Lindstrom
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting book
the book is interesting, but this topic isn't easy..although definitely worth of reading. I'll look for similar books to get more information
Published 15 months ago by Lena
1.0 out of 5 stars worst textbook ever
This text book is the worst I've ever used in studying for my (soon to be three) undergrad degrees. The chapters are full of information, but the organization of the information... Read more
Published 16 months ago by keener
5.0 out of 5 stars this book was exactly what I thought it would be.
This text was bought for my daughter's Genetics class. She says it is very informative and helpful in her class.
Published 17 months ago by Stephen R. Nemes, Jr.
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