- Hardcover: 332 pages
- Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (5 Jan. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061733172
- ISBN-13: 978-0061733178
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,207,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine Hardcover – 5 Jan 2010
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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The former head of the Human Genome Project reveals how you can join the personalised medicine revolution --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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.Published on 15 Sept. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Dr. Francis Collins does here a good divulgation of the essential of Clinical Genetics. Perhaps it's not the best, but understandable. Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2011 by Carlos Vazquez Quintana
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