Genetic Breakthroughs-- Their Implications for You and Your Health (Collection)

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3 cutting-edge books reveal the latest genetic breakthroughs – and their implications for you, your health, and your world

These three cutting-edge books reveal how modern genetics has already transformed the world – and will transform it again and again in the coming years. Mobile DNA book thoroughly reviews our current scientific understanding of the significant role that mobile genetic elements play in the evolution and function of genomes and organisms–from plants and animals to humans. Renowned geneticist Haig Kazazian offers an accessible intellectual history of the field’s research strategies and concerns, explaining how advances have opened up new questions, and how new tools and capabilities have encouraged still more progress. He introduces today’s key strategies for advancing the field, and previews long-term research strategies that may lead to even deeper insights. Next, in Investigating the Human Genome, leading medical genetics scholar Moyra Smith reviews current and recent work in genetics and genomics to assess progress in understanding human variation and the pathogenesis of common and rare diseases linked to genetics. You’ll discover how these advances are shedding new light on issues ranging from human origins to psychiatric disease, Alzheimer’s to epigenetics. Finally, in Genes, Chromosomes, and Disease, Nicholas Wright Gillham offers an exceptionally readable overview of the rise and transformations of medical genetics – and of the eugenic impulses that it has inspired.

From world-renowned leaders and experts, including Haig H. Kazazian, Moyra Smith, and Nicholas Wright Gillham


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About the author (2012)

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Haig H. Kazazian spent 25 years on the Johns Hopkins faculty before joining the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as Chair of the Department of Genetics in 1994. In July 2010, he returned to Johns Hopkins as Professor in the Institute of Genetic Medicine. Still heavily involved in molecular genetic research, he has concentrated for 20 years on mammalian and human transposable elements (“jumping genes”). A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was awarded the 2008 William Allan Award, the top honor of the American Society of Human Genetics. Moyra Smith is Professor of Pediatrics and Human Genetics at the School of Medicine at University of California, Irvine. A leading scholar in her field, she has served as an editor of McKusick’s classic “Red Book,” Mendelian Inheritance in Man, and has written several monographs in the Oxford Series on Human Genetics. Nicholas Wright Gillham is James B. Duke Professor of Biology emeritus at Duke University. A leading expert on the genetics of cellular organelles, he has a longstanding interest in the history of science. He taught Duke’s innovative course “The Social Implications of Genetics.”

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