The New Healers : The promise and Problems of Molecular Medicine in the Twenty-first Century
Human beings have in the region of 100,000 different genes encoding the molecules needed to build and operate the human body; defects in any one of them can lead to disastrous consequences. There are an estimated 4000 genetic diseases, which can be every bit as devastating as the diseases caused by bacteria or viruses, and in one way they are much worse: we pass them on to our children, generation after generation after generation. This text is the story of the devastation these diseases cause, and of the scientific researchers and doctors who struggle to combat them. Science and medicine have provided us with clues to the treatment of a few genetic diseases, although by their very nature they have never been considered curable. But, the author shows, that is about to change through one of the most profound revolutions in modern medicine: gene therapy - a branch of the new field of molecular medicine. Clark takes the reader to the laboratories which have been able to isolate human genes, to make billions of copies of them, and to reintroduce healthy genes into individuals who have inherited damaged or functionless genes.
- Hardback | 256 pages
- 158 x 234 x 24mm | 557.92g
- 01 Mar 1998
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- 1 halftone, 37 line drawings, bibliography
William Clark sets out a well-balanced accoumt of the complexities of his controversial field of medical research. He offers a clear description of how genes work and of the attempts that are being made to isolate and transfer them to new homes... unlikeso many of the popular works of this kind, does not duck complexities or overstate progress. The Times Higher Education Supplement In the New Healers, William Clark takes on gene therapy with the same verve and clarity which made its previous books on the immmune system and the biology of the cell such a pleasure. New Scientist
About William R. Clark
About the Author: William R. Clark is Professor Emeritus of Immunology at UCLA. An internationally recognized authority on cellular immune responses, he is the author of At War Within: The Double Edged Sword of Immunity and Sex and the Origins of Death.