The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved it

The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved it

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By (author) Ricki Lewis

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  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 213mm x 33mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 13 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: California
  • ISBN 10: 0312681909
  • ISBN 13: 9780312681906
  • Illustrations note: 8-page b&w photo insert
  • Sales rank: 1,343,416

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Eight-year-old Corey Haas was nearly blind from a hereditary disorder when his sight was restored through a delicate procedure that made medical history. Like something from a science fiction novel, doctors carefully injected viruses bearing healing genes into the DNA of Corey's eyes - a few days later, Corey could see, his sight restored by gene therapy. "The Forever Fix" is the first book to tell the fascinating story of gene therapy: how it works, the science behind it, how patients (mostly children) have been helped and harmed, and how scientists learned from each trial to get one step closer to its immense promise, the promise of a "forever fix", a cure that, by fixing problems at their genetic root, eliminates the need for further surgery or medication. Told through the voices of the children and families who have been the inspiration, experimental subjects, and successes of genetic science, "The Forever Fix" is compelling and engaging narrative science that explores the future of medicine as well as the families and scientists who are breaking new ground every day.

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RICKI LEWIS is a Ph.D. geneticist, journalist, professor and genetic counselor. The author of one of the most widely used college textbooks in the field (Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications, now in its 10th edition), she has also written hundreds of popular pieces on science and other topics for trade and specialized magazines, including Nature, Discover, and The Scientist.

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"The Forever Fix" is a wonderful story told by one of our most gifted science and medical writers. In the tradition of Siddhartha Mukherjee's "The Emperor of All Maladies," Ricki Lewis explains complex biological processes in extremely understandable ways, ultimately providing crucial insights into the modeling of disease and illustrating how gene therapy can treat and even potentially cure the most challenging of our health conditions.--Dennis A. Steindler, Ph.D., former Executive Director of the McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida