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Welcome to the Genome: A User's Guide to the Genetic Past, Present, and Future

DeSalle, Rob; Yudell, Michael; American Museum of Natural History Author

9780471453314: Welcome to the Genome: A User's Guide to the Genetic Past, Present, and Future

A thrilling "user's guide" to the genomics era

Welcome to the genome, the miraculous blueprint of your DNA, coiled tight as a spring in the nucleus of each cell of your body. If unwound, the DNA from just one cell, while only a molecule in width, would stretch six feet in length! The information stored in its double helix structure - three billion bits worth - could fill 142 Manhattan phone books.

Yet far more amazing than these facts is the impact the study of genomics has had on so many areas of our lives. From the promise of personalized medicine and gene therapy to disputes over the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods, there is little doubt we are in the midst of the Genomic Revolution. Now how do we make sense of it all?

Welcome to the Genome takes you right into the thick of today's most cutting-edge science and its far-reaching implications. Authors Rob DeSalle, who curated the highly successful Genomics Revolution exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and Michael Yudell, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Drexel University, have written a book which clearly explains the ongoing saga of our attempts to understand the mystery of biology's Rosetta Stone and use its code to better our lives.

This reader-friendly book employs an understandable style and eye-popping full-color illustrations to provide real insights into the complex science involved. It delves into the past discoveries that led to the sequencing of the human genome; it presents the challenges facing today's scientists and society and culture in general; and it considers the future possibilities of the developing genome era. Social issues, particularly questions of ethics, receive special attention, covering an important area too often overshadowed by science and technology.

If the genome really is the book of life, then we have only just opened to the first of its many pages. Those who triumphantly claim DNA is destiny may have spoken too soon; it is far more likely today's discoveries will lead to insights yet to be imagined. A stirring and informative introduction to a scientific epic still unfolding, Welcome to the Genome is an essential guide for understanding - and participating in - the incredible explorations, discussions, and realizations of the Genomic Revolution.

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"In clear, engaging prose Welcome to the Genome provides the educated reader with a guide to understanding one of the most important moments in the history of biology. DeSalle and Yudell have provided a real service to all who want to participate in the great debate that is overtaking science and medicine today."
–David Rosner, Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, New York

"Welcome to the Genome is a fascinating and instructive journey through the science that increasingly tells us of our origins and offers the hope of improving our future. It is a terrific book for students of any age who want to learn more about the power and potential of DNA."
–Robert Bazell, NBC News, New York, New York

"This is a valuable and enjoyable read for anyone interested in the recently completed Human Genome Project and the ongoing genomic revolution."
–Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

"DeSalle and Yudell have pulled off a remarkable feat: balancing a sophisticated and clear explanation of human molecular genetics while delving into a wide range of social and political issues. I know of no other book that has integrated these topics so seamlessly, and with such availability to a wide public."
–Troy Duster, Ph.D., New York University, New York, New York

About the Author:

ROB DeSALLE received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Washington University. His postdoctoral studies were completed at the University of California at Berkeley and he held an assistant professorship at Yale University. He currently is a curator in the Division of Invertebrates and the co-Director of the Molecular Laboratories at the American Museum of Natural History. His research utilizes high throughput DNA sequencing approaches to examine the systematics of insects, conservation biology problems, and bacterial genomics.

MICHAEL YUDELL re-ceived his B.A. from Tufts University and completed graduate work at both the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. He has held the position of researcher in the Molecular Laboratories at the American Museum of Natural History, where his work focused on genome policy and ethics, and the position of health policy analyst at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. He is the editor, with Rob DeSalle, of The Genomic Revolution: Unveiling The Unity Of Life. Yudell is currently an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Drexel University.

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