Here Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics

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Harper Collins, Nov 2, 2010 - Science - 352 pages

Here is a Human Being delivers the first in-depth look at the Personal Genome Project—the effort to construct complete genomic maps of a specific human beings—written by one of the study’s ten human participants. Misha Angrist recounts the project’s fascinating nuances, including the larger-than-life personalities of the research subjects, the entrepreneurial scientists at the helm, the bewildered and overwhelmed physicians and regulators who negotiated for it, the fascinating technology it employed, and the political, social, ethical and familial issues it continues to raise. In the vein of James Shreeve’s The Genome War, Craig J. Ventner’s My Life Decoded, and Francis J. Collins’ The Language of Life, Angrist’s informed exploration of this cutting-edge science is a gripping look at the present and future of genomics.

 

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Contents

N N N Contents 1 The Numerator
1
His Own Drum
10
Why Should We Make Them Go Out on the Dance Floor?
29
But When Is It Mature?
54
Better Living Through Chemistry
78
And Then There Were Ten
99
Its Tough to Guard Against the Future
133
Gettysburg to Gutenberg
155
Take a Chance Win a Bunny
189
Something Magical
222
Charity Begins at Home
239
Antarctica
260
Epilogue Here Is a Human Being
279
Acknowledgments
285
Notes
291
Index
331

You Can Do This in Your Kitchen
169

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Misha Angrist is an assistant professor at the Duke University Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and two daughters.

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