A Revolution in Health and Disease Discovery
Over the past 50 years, scientists have made incredible progress in the application of genetic research to human health care and disease treatment. Innovative tools and techniques, including gene therapy and CRISPR-Cas9 editing, can treat inherited disorders that were previously untreatable, or prevent them from happening in the first place. You can take a DNA test to learn where your ancestors are from. Police officers can use genetic evidence to identify criminals—or innocents. And some doctors are using new medical techniques for unprecedented procedures.
Genomics: A Revolution in Health and Disease Discovery delves into the history, science, and ethics behind recent breakthroughs in genetic research. Authors Whitney Stewart and Hans Andersson, MD, present fascinating case studies that show how real people have benefitted from genetic research. Though the genome remains full of mysteries, researchers and doctors are working hard to uncover its secrets and find the best ways to treat patients and cure diseases. The discoveries to come will inform how we target disease treatment, how we understand our health, and how we define our very identities.
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 8|
|Genre||Science, Young Adult|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Health and Human Body|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Twenty-First Century Books ™|
|Number of Pages||144|
Author: Whitney Stewart
Whitney Stewart is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction books for kids—for toddlers to young adult. Her research has taken her to Nepal with Sir Edmund Hillary, to India to interview the Dalai Lama, and to China's Great Wall. She also teaches mindfulness and meditation and lives in New Orleans.
Author: Hans C. Andersson, MD
Hans C. Andersson, MD, is the Karen Gore Chair of Human Genetics and director of the Hayward Genetics Center at the Tulane University Medical School, where he directs the Biochemical Genetics Lab. Following fellowship training in clinical genetics and cell biology at the National Institutes of Health and University of Gottingen, Germany, Andersson achieved American Board of Medical Genetics certification in clinical genetics and clinical biochemical/molecular genetics and American Board of Pediatrics certification in pediatrics. His research has elucidated clinical features and pathophysiology of inherited metabolic genetic disorders, especially in lysosomal storage disorders. He leads the major regional referral center for such diseases in the Gulf South and is a member of the board for the International Collaborative Gaucher Group and a member of numerous national societies including the Society of Pediatric Research and the Society of Inherited Metabolic Diseases.
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“A clear, understandable, and well-sourced look at how advances in genomic medicine alter the treatment of diseases, with thought-provoking ideas to consider regarding the ethics of human genetic modification.”—Booklist
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“An excellent bridge between real-world technology applications of biotechnology and what students learn in their biology classrooms.”—starred, School Library Journal
“High-quality, curiosity-sparking brain fuel.”—Kirkus Reviews