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The Human Blueprint: The Race to Unlock the Secrets of Our Genetic Script 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 031205873X
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In a dramatic, personal narrative, popular science writer Shapiro ( Life Beyond Earth ) presents the fullest, clearest account to date of the Human Genome Project, the ongoing research effort to decode the entire DNA text. Besides bringing anticipated relief from hereditary diseases, the Project, if successful, will make feasible new techniques, like mass genetic screening and embryo selection, that will raise novel ethical and legal issues, discussed here with calm detachment. Shapiro engagingly illuminates the Project's working methods, the key scientific personalities involved and the momentous implications for the future. Using a genetic profile of the British royal family as a case example and working backwards and forwards, he speculates on the degree of detailed knowledge each of us may one day possess about our own heredity. Photos. BOMC selection.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Public fascination with the Human Genome Project--the government-funded "big science" project to read the entire human genetic code--has been so great that now, with this new title, four popular books on the subject have been published. Unlike the others (Lois Wingerson's Mapping Our Genes , LJ 6/1/90; Joel Davis's Mapping the Code , LJ 9/15/90; and Jerry Bishop and Michael Waldholz's excellent Genome , LJ 7/90), this book is by a scientist and covers not just the project, but the entire past, present, and future of the science of genetics. Shapiro presents the technical material at a careful pace, separating more difficult passages with illustrative anecdotes and analogies, and using common terms instead of jargon. What emerges is a very comprehensible elucidation of the project in its broadest social, historical, and scientific context. While Bishop and Waldholz's account might be more engaging reading for a general audience, Shapiro's work answers more questions and engenders a broader appreciation of the whole science. For any library.
- Gregg Sapp, Montana State Univ. Libs., Bozeman
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 412 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (August 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031205873X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312058739
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,979,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Shapiro isn't simply discussing the history and current (as of the writing) views on the Human Genome, he's also entertaining and engaging the reader. I personally chaff a bit when he, occasionally, expresses his atheistic views on creation vs. evolution, but, in spite of that, I find this book wonderfully interesting for anyone who has even the slightest interest in Biology, Genomics or Genetics. A fun read for all personalities ranging from serious to playful!
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