Synopses & Reviews
From stem cells to alternative medicine to the mapping of the genome, a lively and stimulating stroll through todays great scientific breakthroughs
Over the course of one year (2000-01), celebrated essayist and research physician Gerald Weissmann documented the modern age of enlightenment, charting its scientific marvels and new plagues. His diary of “the year of the genome” takes us on a literary exploration of laboratories and beyond to see the impact on human life and culture of Dolly the sheep, mad cow disease, RU 486, the Human Genome Project, AIDS drugs, and a score of other current developments.
Whether calling on Ralph Waldo Emerson to explain Craig Venters drive to unravel the genome or tracing the effect of Rachel Carsons legacy on the spread of malaria around the world, Weissmann is an invaluable interpreter of the genetic revolution.
“Connecting dots in the time-honored manner of the essayist, Weissmann is at his best when tracking the context of medicine within its historical context . . . An information-packed source that provides cultural context.” —Booklist
“Weissmanns juggling with the balls of global politics, biology, medicine, and culture in the framework of history is breathtaking.” —Bengt Samuelsson, chairman, Nobel Foundation
About the Author
A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Rockefeller residencies at Belaggio, Gerald Weissmann
is a professor of medicine and the director of the Biotechnology Study Center at New York University School of Medicine. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New Republic
, the London Review of Books
, and The New York Times Book Review
, and have been collected in six volumes, most recently Darwins Audubon.