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- Print Length: 357 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061628336
- Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (November 2, 2010)
- Publication Date: November 2, 2010
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003V1WTIQ
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Here Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics Kindle Edition
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When I started reading this book, I expected something a lot different than what i got, but I feel that this is a good thing. I don't think this book will necessarily appeal to science lovers and researchers; it is light compared to the hefty tomes that more suit those wanting in-depth knowledge of any subject. It covers the basics so that it can be brought to the average person who *isn't* a scientist, which is what appealed to me as I read it.
Best of all, you realistically only need middle or high school level science to understand what is going on in the book, which opens this title to the average teenager, if that sort of research is up their alley. I also like the general message of this book, and how it pursues the potential impact of genomics on base society.
If you've wondered what all this "genome" stuff is all about, the author also narrates the human genome project, and how scientists have achieved the capability to affordably sequence a human being. He's met all the big names, the legends, the people on the cutting edge of science and he shares his impressions and interactions.
It's a great book, a fun read, and a journey of introspection for the author and for the reader.
'Here is a Human Being' however didn't really provide this type of useful info but instead was just an overview and also spoke down about a lot of things so it made it seem like gene testing was useless whereas i can tell you from personal experience it is not. I guess maybe this book wasn't meant to really give me actionable info but after reading 'Outsmart Your genes' i felt that i not only already learned what i needed to know about the topic and was aware of some of the issues with gene testing but also i knew exactly how it applied to me today and how i could use it to protect my life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The title of the review says it all. It's fantastic and the only book of its kind. I don't think anyone should participate in personal genomics without reading this book first.Published on November 1, 2013 by Holly Dunsworth
I've read a few books about Personalized Medicine including "The Language of Life" by Francis Collins. Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by sciguy
This book contained a lot more personal interest than I was expecting, but it was still engaging and informative. Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by Mark
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Here is a Human Being really needs to be read like a story, and it also calls out to be read like deconstructing a piece of jewelry or craftwork... Read more
[Excerpt from a full review to appear in Skeptical Inquirer magazine]
Largely, the book is about (unintentionally, I'm sure) the incredible amount of narcissism... Read more
Misha Angrist does what many have not: he successfully describes personal genomics with excitement and without puffery. Read morePublished on January 1, 2011 by Jen W.
Although I tend to be a fiction gal, the topic drew me to Here is a Human Being: At The Dawn of Personal Genomics by Misha Angrist as a book to receive (and then review) from the... Read morePublished on December 21, 2010 by cheryl1213