The Language of Life by Francis S. Collins
DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine

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"His groundbreaking work has changed the very ways we consider our health and examine disease.” —Barack Obama

From Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institute of Health, 2007 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and 15-year head of the Human Genome Project, comes one of the most important medical books of the year: The Language of Life. With accessible, insightful prose, Dr. Collins describes the medical, scientific, and genetic revolution that is currently unlocking the secrets of “personalized medicine,” and offers practical advice on how to utilize these discoveries for you and your family’s current and future health and well-being. In the words of Dr. Jerome Groopman (How Doctors Think), The Language of Life “sets out hope without hype, and will enrich the mind and uplift the heart.”

 

About Francis S. Collins

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Francis S. Collins is one of the country's leading geneticists and the longtime head of the Human Genome Project. Prior to coming to Washington, he helped to discover the genetic misspellings that cause cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, and Huntington's disease. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and in his spare time he enjoys riding a motorcycle and playing guitar.
 
Published December 16, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 371 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction

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The new director of the National Institutes of Health and former leader of the government’s project to map the human genome is upbeat about personalized medicine—using genetics and family history to determine your risk for disease and designing appropriate treatments accordingly.

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Collins, a pioneering medical geneticist who once headed the Human Genome Project, adapts his title from President Clinton's remarks announcing completion of the first phase of the project in 2000: "Today we are learning the language in which God created life."

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As a key leader of the Human Genome Project, Collins brings a unique perspective to the discussion of the promise and perils of genome-based medicine.

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