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Shelves: non-fiction , ethics-philosophy , medicine , biology. This is intended to be a complete overview of medical genetics and the current dilemmas at the forefront of the field. And, to be honest, as a medical geneticist trainee myself, I felt a little bored at times.

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It hits all of the cliche notes: Dor Yeshorim, Jesse Gelsinger, Dolly the Sheep, Rosalind Franklin, the Ashkenazi Y chromosome, HeLa cells, Myriad's BRCA patents and sickle cell screening; basically, if you've read anything about genetics in the news in the last ten plus years, it's in t This is intended to be a complete overview of medical genetics and the current dilemmas at the forefront of the field. The organization is also sloppy - chapters tend to be made up of semi-related topics trying desperately to coalesce into a theme.

There's no segue or connection between chapters, to the point where if a concept explained in one chapter comes up in another, it is explained again sometimes verbatim from the prior chapter. I'm also not sure that there is consistency in the explanations of topics for a lay audience. Sometimes there would be an extensive explanation of a topic that seemed pretty self-explanatory and other times, I was left wondering if the average reader would come away with any understanding of what mass-spectroscopy is and why it's different than a Guthrie test. Each chapter ends anti-climatically with a sentence such as "we hope we have convinced you that [this chapter's issue] is worth thinking about" That being said, it really is a thorough coverage of almost all recent issues in medical genetics and highlights of where the field is going, as seen by two big names in the field.

And despite my high level of knowledge going into the book, I found a sizable handful of anecdotes that I had not previously known. Feb 09, Cassandra Kay Silva rated it really liked it Shelves: science. This would be a great overview of the field if you did not know much about Genetic work or DNA.

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There were a lot of expected topics of discussion brought up but not lengthy enough discussions to really get into them. Still a fun overview, even if most of the information can be found elsewhere.

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