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The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalised Medicine Paperback – 11 Mar 2010

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (11 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184668353X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846683534
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His groundbreaking work has changed the very ways we consider our health and examine disease (President Barack Obama)

He is a first-rate, entertaining expositor (Kirkus)

Does a superb job of humanizing a complex scientific and medical subject (Starred Publishers Weekly, Pick of the Week)

With his prose reflecting a palpable excitement at the prospects of this new form of medicine ... Collins combines uplifting cases of direly afflicted people who benefited from knowledge gained by genetic screening, with exhortation of the reader to learn about and take advantage of existing and developing techniques of genetic screening (Booklist)

A wonderfully crafted series of scientific stories... It is, indeed, the storytelling that is most compelling. Written in the first person, and often lapsing into the second person, the book gives one the sense of being in a private session with a thoughtful physician who is willing to explain things properly... a jewel of a book... Francis Collins has done a great service to society by writing The Language of Life (Edison T Liu Nature Medicine 2010-01-04)

[Collins'] excellent treatise empowers readers to understand the revolution, make use of it and push for policy change. The Language of Life is timely, current and full of moving stories (Nature 2010-01-01)

What makes this book stand out is the wealth of personal stories of tragedy and triumph over disease... timely indeed (BBC Focus 2010-03-25)

Collins is a highly knowledgeable guide to an emerging area of medicine... an excellent book (Peter Aldhous New Scientist 2010-01-09)

He is the Pete Seeger of molecular biology. When he has made a great discovery he writes a song about it ... 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 ... For someone so powerful, Collins has an engagingly modest and open style. (Peter Forbes Guardian 2010-03-20)

He writes as a scientist with a passion for medical progress (Andrew Jack Financial Times 2010-04-03)

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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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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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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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An amazing book which put so many pieces of the DNA jigsaw into one whole which made sense. If you want to look into the future of medicine this is the place to look. Unputdownable book, very well written indeed.
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