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p53: The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Code Hardcover – 20 Nov 2014

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Sigma; 1 edition (20 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472910516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472910516
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.8 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More than any textbook, article, or lecture could, this book offers a sip of contagious enthusiasm and a conviction that scientists will eventually "crack the cancer code" (Science 2015-05-26)

One of the best accounts I've read of how science is actually performed. (Peter Forbes The Guardian)

A succinct, accessible study of humanity's genetic bulwark against cancer. (Nature)

Ms. Armstrong¹s book comes alive in the sections where she explores cancer¹s human toll, including the devastating experience of families with rare genetic mutations, such as Li-Fraumeni syndrome, which leaves children of parents with a faulty gene vulnerable to cancer at almost any age. She also captures the excitement of researchers as they come upon eureka moments. (Wall Street Journal)

Armstrong paints a very human picture ... Not only does Armstrong make p53 understandable but she also sheds light on the scientific method. In an age of government austerity, highlighting the importance of scientific research is also a gift. (The Lancet 2015-05-01)

Armstrong has rendered, from what easily could have become a tangled web of complex science, a readable story of discovery. As in the best travel writing, it's not the destination that's important here, but the journey. This is not only a story about the gene on chromosome 17, nor only about the nature of cancer, but also about how science works. (Ellen Bartlett Boston Globe 2015-02-24)

Popularizing science is not an easy thing to do well ... but Sue Armstrong has managed to achieve this with style and aplomb. (Philip Coates Journal of Pathology 2015-05-22)

P53 ... is adeptly explored in this book by Armstrong, an accomplished science writer ... This book is fundamentally about how science is actually done - not the retelling of the story after the work is complete and the narrative scrubbed of imperfections, but rather about scientific progress in fits and starts. (Oncology Times 2015-07-15)

Sue Armstrong tells the story of this discovery by rival teams as if it were a detective story. I found it gripping. (Matt Ridley Wall Street Journal - best science books, 2015)

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The story of the search for p53 - the most important gene in medicine. Shortlisted for the BMA Medical Book Awards 2015.

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