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The Genomics Age: How DNA Technology Is Transforming the Way We Live and Who We Are 1st Edition

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"The Genomics Age by Gina Smith (ISBN 0-8144-0843-5) was included in Barron’s list of the 20 Best Books of 2005. ""Few subjects divide Americans more than genetic manipulation -- from cloning and stem cells to modified foods. Gina Smith's The Genomics Age paints what our reviewer called 'an enjoyable, easy-reading picture of the science for the nonscientist.' ""

Cecil Johnson, nationally syndicated columnist: ""In The Genomic Age Smith provides a plain-English retrospective on DNA, commencing with the discovery of DNA by the Swiss chemist Friedrich Miescher in 1869 and culminating with the completion of the Human Genome Project, the sequencing of the 3 billion base pairs of the human genome.""

Barron’s: ""Gina Smith has lit a candle in this scientific darkness with her latest book.The Genomics Age accomplishes a great deal, painting an enjoyable, easy-reading picture of the science for the non-scientist and general reader needing a basic introduction to the subject.""

Science & Theology News: ""This book is a quick, easy and entertaining introduction to genetics. this book will suit people who want to begin to demystify genetic developments with a quick, colorful read.""

AMT Events: ""...an intriguing book that raises many questions and provides some answers to questions that most of us have asked and will need to continue to answer [as] the human genome story unfolds.[Smith] writes lucidly and with a pleasant style. In tackling this broad subject she has done a service to us all. This is a welcome book for any of us who wish to know where [we] currently stand on a variety of extremely important issues.""

Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet: ""Gina Smith provides an accessible introduction to the technology and people enabling the business and research developments….The timely selection of topics brings the audience into the hottest areas of genomics. Written in a first person chatty style, the text moves quickly."""



“Gina Smith provides an accessible introduction to the technology and people enabling the business and research developments….The timely selection of topics brings the audience into the hottest areas of genomics. Written in a first person chatty style, the text moves quickly.”

-Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet



“Smith provides an accessible introduction to the technology and people enabling the business and research developments…. the text moves quickly.”

-Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet

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"""A superb general-audience exposition of a complex subject that is already transforming our lives and will do so even more dramatically in the near future. Gina Smith demonstrates that her established skills at writing and at communicating science are just as impressive in combination as we already knew they were separately. -- Aubrey de Grey, biogerontologist, University of Cambridge, England

""A reader with no background knowledge of genetics will find The Genomic Age a welcome primer-- providing disarmingly easy access to a complex

array of issues in the unfolding saga of the human genetics revolution.""

--Troy Duster, author of Backdoor to Eugenics"

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1st edition (November 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814408435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814408438
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,150,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Roger E. Herman on October 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
We've all heard about DNA. It's an issue, a science, a research endeavor, a discovery, a breakthrough that affects all of us. DNA is in the news, in some context, practically every day. Science is unquestionably a central part of our lives-today and in the future. But why did AMACOM, a publisher of business books, produce a book on genomics? This doesn't sound like a business topic.

Going beyond our initial reaction, we quickly see that the recent discoveries-and their applications-are indeed vital to business development. DNA won't tell you how to manage your people or your finances more effectively, but this book will deliver insights and simulate thinking that will influence thousands of businesses for years to come.

DNA research, with relatively recent discoveries, will drive the development of business endeavors that are the next wave of corporate birth. New companies will spring up to engage in more research in this emerging field, ushering in an era of business development built around DNA, genomics, biogenetics, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, education, and other aspects of our lives. Gaining a fundamental, yet comprehensive, understanding of genomics will give present and future corporate leaders at least an intellectual edge. Having read this book, I can better appreciate what I'm reading in the newspapers and magazines each day about this exploding field.

So who's the author? It's not some little-known scientist who will obfuscate the topic with complicated terminology. This book for Everyman was written by one of America's best-known science and technology journalists.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michele Waldman on February 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have to say that I loved this book. It was one of the most entertaining & clear books about science I have ever read.

Like many people, I took science classes at High School and University. But, I only remember some tidbits of what I studied...certainly not enough to have an intelligent conversation about the discoveries taking place with Genomics today. I had also read through scientific articles on the Human Genome Project, but just wasn't able to piece it all together.

Gina Smith's book, however, gave me a thorough and clear understanding on the meaning of the Genomics Age, on how genes predispose you to cancer or fat or other diseases. In plain English, Gina Smith helps give insight into what is happening today and what we should be paying attention to in the near future.

And most importantly, Gina Smith's writing style is enjoyable and delightful to read. It was the best of both worlds -entertaining and thought-provoking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The beginning of the 21st century has been marked by one of the most significant scientific discoveries of all time: that of decoding the entire human genome. Genome is the code that describes how every living organism is built, encoded in terms of millions and millions of "letters" of DNA. Every living cell (with a few notable exceptions) has an exact copy of the entire genome. In the case of human genome for instance, the entire information encoded in the genome would fit about 800 Bibles. No single individual could be able to read that information in any reasonable amount of time. Extracting it from a tiny cell nucleus was an incredible technological and scientific achievement. But even more remarkable than the process by which this information was acquired is the promise of what that information can potentially be used for. In principle, once you understand the genome you have the key for understanding almost any and every disease imaginable. That, in a nutshell, has been the promise of the genomics and this book aims to explore many of the implications of the modern genomics era.

The trouble with writing any book on genomic research is that the developments in this field advance so rapidly that whatever was considered cutting edge just a few years ago quickly becomes unremarkable. However, many of these discoveries are still far from public's mind and it is very useful to have a good overview of the recent developments. The public literacy in these matters is incredibly important because most of the recent discoveries have the promise of radically transforming health and medicine, and the impact of this will be felt by everyone. The ethical issues involved can be very complex, and being well informed about them can only help with handling them more responsibly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David W. Michaelis on January 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
An excellent contribution towards an insightful understadnig of this new age. The ethical dillemas are integrated within a very lucid description of the progress that scientist have made.The writer answers many of the questions that we the citizens have to ask about the promises and dangers of the breakthroughs made recently. The advances in the DNA technology,are analysed based on interviews with the best minds within the scientific conmunity.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Renneberg Reinhard on March 9, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
I am biotechnology professor in Hong Kong teaching Chinese students and writing books for beginners and students myself. So I can truly appreciate Gina Smith' s book. I cannot agree at all with some negative reviews here. The book is a magnificient opus and badly needed, especially for the often ill-informed US readers. I am using the book now for my Introduction to Biotechnology course and let the students read the original.

I would hope it is available soon in German language also for my "blue-eye" obese and unfit countrymen who on one hand use recombinant insulin, antidepressants and novel anti-cancer drugs and reach an ever higher age and lamenting on the other hand against modern bioscientific progress.

Bravo, genius Gina!!
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