The Forever Fix by Ricki Lewis

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7 Critic Reviews

A fascinating account of groundbreaking science and the people who make it possible.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Fascinating narrative science that explores the next frontier in medicine and genetics through the very personal prism of the children and families gene therapy has touched.

Eight-year-old Corey Haas was nearly blind from a hereditary disorder when his sight was restored through a delicate procedure that made medical history. Like something from a science fiction novel, doctors carefully injected viruses bearing healing genes into the DNA of Corey's eyes—a few days later, Corey could see, his sight restored by gene therapy.

THE FOREVER FIX is the first book to tell the fascinating story of gene therapy: how it works, the science behind it, how patients (mostly children) have been helped and harmed, and how scientists learned from each trial to get one step closer to its immense promise, the promise of a "forever fix," - a cure that, by fixing problems at their genetic root, does not need further surgery or medication.
Told through the voices of the children and families who have been the inspiration, experimental subjects, and successes of genetic science, THE FOREVER FIX is compelling and engaging narrative science that tells explores the future of medicine as well as the families and scientists who are breaking new ground every day.

 

About Ricki Lewis

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RICKI LEWIS is a Ph.D. geneticist, journalist, professor and genetic counselor. The author of one of the most widely used college textbooks in the field (Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications, now in its 10th edition), she has also written hundreds of popular pieces on science and other topics for trade and specialized magazines, including Nature, Discover, and The Scientist.
 
Published March 13, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 334 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jan 09 2012

A fascinating account of groundbreaking science and the people who make it possible.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Dec 19 2011

...impressive, meticulously researched study of the exciting new developments in gene therapy

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The Roanoke Times

Excellent
Reviewed by A. Barritt on Mar 22 2012

Lewis explains the science lucidly... The book is well put together to introduce the potential of gene therapy to a nonscience audience.

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Science News

Excellent
Reviewed by Alexandra Witze on Apr 07 2012

Lewis adroitly sketches the heartbreaking world of families searching for a cure.

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School Library Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Vicki Emery on Jun 12 2012

This carefully researched & readable book will be interesting to teens who hear about these issues in the news or in their biology classes......

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Siren Song

Excellent
Reviewed by Eileen O'Brien on Oct 25 2012

I highly recommend reading this well-written book to get a glimpse into the dedicated scientists and pioneering families who are taking medicine to a whole new level.

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Class Brain

Good
Reviewed by Cynthia Kirkeby on Oct 17 2012

I have rarely made such a strong recommendation on a book, but I truly think that everyone should read The Forever Fix....

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