The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalised Medicine

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Profile Books, Dec 9, 2010 - Medical - 332 pages
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We are in the midst of a medical revolution: in just a few years, we will be able to have our complete DNA sequenced at an affordable cost. Analysing the content of our genomes will allow a powerful estimate of our future risks of illness - from cystic fibrosis and Huntington's disease, to cancer and diabetes - which will help us devise our own personalised blueprint of preventive medicine. This will have enormous implications on everything from our day-to-day choices like diet and exercise, to childbearing and health insurance - and it may even challenge what we thought we knew about our ethnic histories.

Combining cutting-edge scientific research with practical advice, Francis Collins examines this remarkable phenomenon, which will transform healthcare worldwide. We now know that the language spoken by our DNA is the language of life itself, and in this important book Collins shows how reading that language will help save lives.

 

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Contents

The Future Has already Happened
1
When Genes Go Wrong it Gets Personal
23
is it Time to learn Your own secrets?
59
Getting Personal with the Big c
98
Whats race Got to Do with it?
142
Genes and Germs
165
Genes and the Brain
183
Genes and aging
211
The right Drug at the right Dose for
231
a Vision for the Future
251
Glossary
281
Genetics 101
291
a Brief Personal History
299
rational Drug Development
307
services Provided by Directto
315
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Francis Collins is the director of the National Institute of Health in the United States, and former head of the Human Genome Project. His most recent book, The Language of God, was a New York Times bestseller.

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