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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 Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN:
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From New York Times best-selling author and world-renowned doctor and geneticist Francis Collins, 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 6,000 so-called rare and orphan diseases, many of which are primarily attributable to misspelled genes. And virtually all diseases have a significant hereditary component. Heart disease, the common cancers, mental illness, asthma, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and more - all of these diseases are having their secrets unlocked.

Francis Collins has been at the forefront of this revolution. He was, for 15 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 are the misperceptions about human genetics. Just in the past decade, most of what you think you know about DNA has been overturned. 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. Download and start listening now!

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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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