Synopses & Reviews
Since the conclusion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, scientists have been racing toward a grand goal: offering individuals a decoding of their complete genetic makeup for just $1,000. As Kevin Davies reveals in this exquisitely reported account, the $1,000 genome will be a reality by 2011 and it will usher in a whole new era of personalized, genomic medicine. Capable of presenting much more advanced information than the current crop of cheek-swab services, the $1,000 complete genome raises some extraordinary possibilities. We will be able to learn if we have genes that predispose us to a host of diseases and to take a wide range of preventative measures. Drug companies may be able to create versions of drugs tailored specifically to our individual DNA. But we may also face the psychological burden of learning that we have the gene for an incurable disease, such as Parkinson's.
Acclaimed author Kevin Davies introduces the pioneers of this medical revolution and probes deeply into both the medical benefits and ethical issues of personal genetic testing, also exploring the psychological complexities of learning one's DNA results, based on both his own experience of being tested and that of a number of others. The $1,000 Genome is an indispensable guide to the new era of personalized medicine.
"Johnny Heller reads with fluency and fluidly." ---Library Journal Audio Review
The author of the critically acclaimed Cracking the Genome writes a lively and deeply researched account of the race to offer a complete, individual human genome sequence to the public for just $1,000, which will be the tipping point to a revolution in personalized, genomic medicine.
About the Author
Kevin Davies, Ph.D., is the author of Cracking the Genome and editor in chief of Bio-IT World, a monthly magazine covering enabling technology in the life sciences. He was the founding editor of Nature Genetics, the world's leading genetics journal, and he has also written for the Boston Globe, New England Journal of Medicine, New Scientist, and Prospect. Davies holds an M.A. in biochemistry from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D in molecular genetics from the University of London. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his wife and two teenage children. Johnny Heller has won two prestigious Audie Awards and has earned numerous Audie nominations. He has been praised for his adult, personal development, history, comedy, and children's book narrations. Named a Best Voice of 2008 and 2009, as well as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine, Johnny has earned almost twenty Golden Earphones Awards. Two of Johnny's audiobooks have been picked by AudioFile as Best Audiobook the Year, and he has won two Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards.