The Year of the Genome by Gerald Weissmann M.D.
A Diary of the Biological Revolution

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For twelve months beginning in January 2000, celebrated essayist and research physician Gerald Weissmann carefully documented the modern age of enlightenment, charting its scientific marvels and new plagues. Now, this illuminating diary takes us on a literary exploration of laboratories and beyond to see the impact on human life and culture of headliners such as RU 486, AIDS drugs, and other current developments, including the controversial use of stem cells.

Whether calling on Ralph Waldo Emerson to explain Craig Venter's drive to unravel the genome or tracing the effect of Rachel Carson's legacy on the spread of malaria around the world, Weissmann's lively chronicle captures the greatest genetic revolution of all time.
 

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A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Rockefeller residencies at Belaggio, Gerald Weissmann, M.D., is a professor of medicine and director of the Biotechnology Study Center at New York University School of Medicine. His books include Darwin's Audubon and his essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times Book Review. He lives in New York City and Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
 
Published May 8, 2002 by Times Books. 288 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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Weissmann himself is especially fond of science that bolsters his political sentiments, such as the discovery by NASA that life on earth could have been seeded by "immigrant" life from space that "arrived much in the way most Americans arrived in the New World, as steerage passengers from teeming...

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