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From New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned doctor and geneticist Francis Collins comes a book that will forever change how you think about your body, your health, and the future of medicine.

A scientific and medical revolution has crept up on us, based on study after study, from hundreds of laboratories around the world. It is no longer just a theoretical shift: every one of us will be touched by it, and many of us already have been. The meaning of disease, our understanding of the human body, and crucial decisions about what we all need to know and what choices we make about our health are at stake. Welcome to the new world of personalized medicine.

Twenty-one million Americans are affected by six thousand so-called rare and orphan diseases, many of which are primarily attributable to misspelled genes. And virtually all diseases have a significant hereditary component. There have been many stories in the media about women who are testing to see if they have a mutation that leads to breast cancer or family members who are strongly at risk for heart disease or Huntington’s disease. Yet the revolution is much more fundamental than this: diabetes, heart disease, the common cancers, mental illness, asthma, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease—all of these and other diseases are having their secrets unlocked. Now, with a simple home test that costs just a few hundred dollars, you can learn the secrets of your own DNA.

Francis Collins has been at the forefront of this revolution. He was, for fifteen years, the head of the international Human Genome Project, and he now serves as the director of the National Institutes of Health. He knows better than anyone how widespread the misperceptions about human genetics are. Just in the past decade, most of what you think you know about DNA has been overturned. Much of the advice given routinely by health care providers is ill informed, so you must educate yourself about this rapidly moving area of medicine. You are guaranteed to face some surprises as well as some difficult choices about personal knowledge, treatment, and family risk.

This audiobook is overwhelmingly hopeful and inspiring, offering helpful advice in every chapter. Nearly every day, diseases that were barely understood or completely misunderstood are being redefined. Families that faced common problems without hope are now discovering a new world of understanding, treatment, and prevention. You owe it to yourself to learn about your DNA: how it works, what it reveals, and the benefits and limits of this new knowledge.

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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
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