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The Book of Man: The Human Genome Project and the Quest to Discover Our Genetic Heritage

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ISBN-13: 978-0195114874
ISBN-10: 0195114876
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The Human Genome Project, biology's equivalent of the Apollo lunar-landing program, aims to uncover all 100,000 genes that control human development and to detail the DNA alphabet of each.

"The message of The Book of Man is that all responsible citizens ought to achieve DNA literacy. Strongly recommended for scientists and nonscientists alike." --Francis Crick, Nobel laureate --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Rather than focusing on the politics and intrigue behind the Human Genome Project (HGP), this exciting, valuable primer emphasizes the scientific breakthroughs and remaining hurdles facing the international cooperative effort to map the three million genes that comprise human DNA. Bodmer, a British geneticist and former president of the Human Genome Organization (which fosters global collaboration in genome mapping), and Observer science correspondent McKie believe the HGP will provide information vital to the treatment of diseases, understanding of individual differences in behavior and human evolution and the development of new pharmaceutical drugs. Inherited illnesses, such as cystic fibrosis and Huntington's chorea, are beginning to yield to molecular genetics, and the authors also show how ongoing research is raising the prospects for effective treatment of cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. They conclude with a levelheaded look at the ethical issues surrounding genetic testing and gene theory, in which missing genes are inserted into people afflicted by inherited ailments. A tour de force of popular exposition. Illustrated.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 21, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195114876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195114874
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,038,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 1998
Format: Paperback
By putting "The Human Genome Project" in the title one is deluded into thinking that the book may contain results from post 1991 human genome research. The reader will be disappointed. The anecdotes are interesting and well written accounts of events concerning use of genetic/DNA material to find the gene related cause of some hereditary diseases. Also some stories are about use of DNA in forensic cases. The book was originally published in 1994 and republished in PB in 1997. The Amazon description might have included this fact. I plan to return the book owing to its lack human genome project information.
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My brother graduated from Washington State w/ a degree in anthropology & this seemed like a book he would like. I had the Amazon receipt with me, and he didn't seem to need it...
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