The Genome Book: A Must-Have Guide to Your DNA for Maximum Health

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9780962481475: The Genome Book: A Must-Have Guide to Your DNA for Maximum Health

If you re not a scientist or genetics professional, the whole concept of genomic medicine may sound a lot like science fiction. In The Genome Book: A Must-Have Guide to Your DNA for Maximum Health, author April Lynch brings you a thorough but easy-to-understand explanation of the growing medical benefits provided by the decoding of the human genome. She discusses DNA' s role in nutrition, cancer, blood and heart conditions, and even behavior, and gives an overview of genetic testing and genomic care. She also discusses how your DNA is passed on to your children, and the testing procedures that are now available when starting a family.
You will also learn how to compile a family medical history to help pinpoint potential health risks and start making lifestyle and nutrition decisions tailored to your genes. There s even a chapter on laws regarding privacy and health insurance including the new federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act as well as sections on ethical considerations and questionable commercial tests. The book includes a collection of real-life cases in which people s lives have been reshaped by their genomic choices, presented by genetic counselor Vickie Venne, a past president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

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If you’re not a scientist or genetics professional, the whole concept of genomic medicine may sound a lot like science fiction. What most people learned in high school about genetics was very limited, and what they remember is even less. In addition, our understanding of the “code of life” has expanded exponentially in recent years, especially since the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. In The Genome Book: A Must-Have Guide to Your DNA for Maximum Health, author April Lynch brings you a thorough, easy-to-understand explanation of the growing medical benefits provided by the decoding of the human genome. She discusses DNA's role in nutrition, cancer, blood and heart conditions, and even behavior, and gives an overview of the various types of available genetic testing and genomic care. She also discusses how your DNA is passed on to your children, and the testing procedures that are now available when starting a family. You will also learn how to compile a family medical history to help you pinpoint your potential health risks and how to start making lifestyle and nutrition decisions tailored to your genes. There’s even a chapter on current laws regarding privacy and health insurance―including the new federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act―as well as detailed sections on ethical considerations and questionable commercial tests. Another valuable feature of this book is a collection of real-life cases in which people’s lives have been reshaped by their genomic choices, presented by leading genetic counselor Vickie Venne, past president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. The book concludes with an exciting chapter looking at the many innovations experts believe genomic research will bring us in the years to come.

About the Author:

April Lynch is an author whose work focuses on health and medicine, particularly developments in the area of the human genome and genetics. As an award-winning journalist, she handled coverage of science, medicine, and health for the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley's leading newspaper. She has also worked in science writing and consumer education for genomics firm Navigenics, Inc.

Vickie Venne is celebrating 30 years as a genetic counselor, having worked in prenatal, pediatric, and laboratory settings before joining the Huntsman Cancer Institute. In addition to patient care, she taught for the California Department of Education and is a faculty member at the University of Utah Genetic Counseling Graduate Program. She is an active volunteer in her professional and local communities, including service as president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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