The Language of Life

The Language of Life : DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 332 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 25.4mm | 272.15g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Figures; Line drawings, black and white; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061733180
  • 9780061733185
  • 96,571

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A scientific and medical revolution has crept up on us. 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. Diabetes, heart disease, the common cancers, mental illness, asthma, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and more are having their secrets unlocked through DNA. 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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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"
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