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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (147 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Francis S. Collins Narrator: Greg Itzin, Gregory Itzin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9780061967573
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"His groundbreaking work has changed the very ways we consider our health and examine disease.” —Barack Obama

From Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institute of Health, 2007 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and 15-year head of the Human Genome Project, comes one of the most important medical books of the year: The Language of Life. With accessible, insightful prose, Dr. Collins describes the medical, scientific, and genetic revolution that is currently unlocking the secrets of “personalized medicine,” and offers practical advice on how to utilize these discoveries for you and your family’s current and future health and well-being. In the words of Dr. Jerome Groopman (How Doctors Think), The Language of Life “sets out hope without hype, and will enrich the mind and uplift the heart.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “His groundbreaking work has changed the very ways we consider our health and examine disease.”

    President Barak Obama

  • “The future of customized medicine is in your DNA; don’t wait until you are sick to learn why.”

    Dr. Mehmet Oz, author of You: The Owner’s Manual

  • “Man’s knowledge of man is undergoing the greatest revolution since Leonardo, and Francis Collins is at the leading edge of it. I am a better doctor today because Dr. Collins was my genetics professor in medical school, and now, the world gets to benefit from his wisdom by reading The Language of Life.”

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta

  • “With fluid prose and compelling narratives, Francis Collins makes modern medical science vivid and accessible. This book sets out hope without hype, and will enrich the mind and uplift the heart.”

    Dr. Jerome Groopman , author of How Doctors Think

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, January 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tony Daniel | 12/9/2013

    " More a compendium of resources and anecdotes than a coherent book, but fascinating new stuff about what you can do with yer DNA. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xin | 6/23/2013

    " A good book about human genetics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 6/22/2013

    " Even for those not interested in genetics, this is a great book that speaks at a level that everyone can understand. It makes you think about the next evolution in the medical field, how it may help to provide better, more targeted care, thereby reducing healthcare costs. I recommend to everyone! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 2/3/2013

    " Really 2.5 stars. Totally fine as an introduction, but too simplistic and educational for my tastes. Don't bother if you've taken AP Bio. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marius Croeser | 11/14/2012

    " Slightly tedious.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 10/21/2012

    " I really liked reading this book and I would recommend it to anyone interestedin the feild of genetics. Most of the information was not new to me, but it was a great review of medical genetics with many real-life stories that humanized the science. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 6/4/2012

    " I must say when this book was announced for our bookclub I was a little skeptical that I would like it. But I found it to be a very interesting read. I have always been interested in science and genetics I find fascinating. A bit on the science textbook side but an interesting read non the less! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/13/2011

    " The book was slightly scattered in topics and tended to get preachy about things like patents. Overall the book was enjoyable and the stories drove home the importance of continuing work in this area and how different medical care will be in the next 20 or so years. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John Gorman | 8/11/2011

    " Slow to move and mundane. Some interesting ties to genes but read like a bad appendix with little depth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Chin | 3/21/2011

    " Pretty good introduction to personalized medicine and genomics. I wouldn't recommend it to folks who have read more than one or two books in the area, but I did enjoy hearing the voice of Francis Collins, one of the more famous leaders in the field. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 1/23/2011

    " Pretty good introduction to personalized medicine and genomics. I wouldn't recommend it to folks who have read more than one or two books in the area, but I did enjoy hearing the voice of Francis Collins, one of the more famous leaders in the field. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 10/17/2010

    " I really liked reading this book and I would recommend it to anyone interestedin the feild of genetics. Most of the information was not new to me, but it was a great review of medical genetics with many real-life stories that humanized the science. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tony | 2/10/2010

    " More a compendium of resources and anecdotes than a coherent book, but fascinating new stuff about what you can do with yer DNA. "

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About the Author
Author Francis S. Collins

Francis S. Collins MD, PhD, is a pioneer gene hunter credited with helping discover the genetic misspellings linked to a number of diseases as well as leading the Human Genome Project. He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science for his achievements. A longtime student of the interface between science and faith, he has authored several books on the topic. He currently serves as the director of the National Institutes of Health from his home in Bethesda, Maryland.

About the Narrator

Gregory Itzin is an American film and television actor. He is best known for his role as President Charles Logan in the series 24, a role for which he was twice nominated for a Primetime Emmy. He has had appearances in a number of television’s most popular shows during the span of his career, including, Matlock, ER, CSI, Friends, The West Wing, and three different Star Trek series. He’s also had roles in numerous films including, Adaptation, The Ides of March, and Lincoln. Most recently he’s had recurring roles in The Mentalist and Covert Affairs.