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

Francis Collins
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11 Mar 2010
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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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (11 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184668353X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846683534
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'"The Language of Life" is timely, current and full of moving stories' --Nature

`What makes this book stand out is the wealth of personal stories of tragedy and triumph over disease... timely indeed' --BBC Focus

`He writes as a scientist with a passion for medical progress' --Financial Times

'In his new book, he is here to tell us that the era of personalised genetic testing is nigh. No one could be a more authoritative messenger than Collins ...'

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The former head of the Human Genome Project reveals how you can join the personalised medicine revolution

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5.0 out of 5 stars Genomic Revolution 30 Sep 2011
We are living through revolutionary times for decoding our genome: the methods of identifying the DNA sequences in our chromosomes have improved out of all recognition , so exposing many defects along the chains. Dr Collins is one of the best placed authors to chart the revolution since he himself helped identify the critical defects causing cystic fibrosis. There are now many such Mendelian diseases now identified with specific DNA defects, allowing precise medical intervention for those affected. Drugs can be targeted to alleviate those conditions, allowing patients to live longer and more rewarding lives despite their problems. It is inevitable that the book should include details of the way the DNA is constructed and interpreted by body mechanisms, with vey herlpful diagrams of the molecular changes which occur during cell growth. This work is by far the best on the market, and from an expert in the field, which makes it doubly interesting for his insight into the future of medicine. The work examines genetic counselling, but is perhaps a little short on the rapidly growing field of ageing research, and for the genes which control how cells age and die. We can expect more from this distinguished author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book in the world 15 Sep 2013
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I don't quite know where to start. This is just an awesome, informative book. I have now ordered all of Francis Collins' other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A groundbreaking book 2 Jan 2012
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This is a must-have book for me; in fact, I want it on my Kindle as well as the physical book itself, which I already own. I just hope that the Kindle version is well indexed; sadly, many Kindle books are not.
The book is written by one of the world's top scientists, but he has the ability to communicate easily with most everyone by using real-life stories. It was a pleasure and a revelation to read and, for my family's sake, I need to follow up on this.
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