Selected books on genetics

The following is an editorial summary.

Featured books in this review article include:

  • “Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves”
  • “The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It”
  • “The “$1,000 Genome: The Revolution in DNA Sequencing and the New Era of Personalized Medicine”
  • “Am I My Genes? Confronting Fate & Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing”
  • “Here Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics”
  • “The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology Is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease, and Inheritance”

Good as these books are, they can’t keep up with the headlong pace of genetic news. Just last month, for instance, a study came out showing that gene therapy — patients’ T cells were removed, reprogrammed, and reinserted — slowed or even reversed leukemia. One person was totally rid of the cancer in just eight days. Reading all this, I’m convinced the 21st century will be known as the century of genetic breakthroughs. But don’t take it from me. Test it.

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