The second edition of the 6-chapter, highly readable Human Genetics: The Basics, will be published in December, 2016.

Ricki next to "The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It," 3/13/12, in a place called a bookstore.

Ricki and a pile of hippos on Martha's Vineyard


I'm a health and science writer with a PhD in genetics. I’m very excited about the new edition of my short, sweet, and cheap Human Genetics: The Basics -- thoroughly updated with inspiration and stories from my weekly DNA Science blog for Public Library of Science (http:/​/​​dnascience) and Rare Disease Reports posts. Not a textbook! Just 6 chapters. Covering health, evolution, human history, and everything genetics and genomics, the book is ideal for families and biotech/​pharma companies, and those with general interest in how genetics/​genomics will affect us all. COMING IN EARLY DECEMBER Pre-order at https:/​/​​products/​9781138668010 or https:/​/​​Human-Genetics-Basics-Ricki-Lewis/​dp/​113866801X/​ref=sr_1_19?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474318665&sr=1-19&keywords=Ricki+Lewis

My narrative nonfiction book, “The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It,” was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2013), and I hope will enjoy new life when the first gene therapy is approved in the U.S., likely in 2017. The Forever Fix chronicles the history and recent explosion of success in this biotechnology, through the eyes of the families and researchers who have made it happen.

In my academic life, I'm currently working on the 12th edition of the textbook, Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications. I teach an online course, “Genethics”, and am a genetic counselor at a private medical practice.

Selected Works

Project to engage students in helping families with rare genetic diseases
Book Club Reader's Guide
Many challenging questions to stimulate thought and discussion.
Instructor's Guide
38 discussion questions to get students thinking and talking about gene therapy, including the science, ethical issues, and the drug approval process.
Narrative science
The Forever Fix is the uplifting true story of 8-year-old Corey Haas, who was cured of hereditary blindness just 4 days after gene therapy.
College Textbooks
A spectacularly-illustrated, clearly written human anatomy and physiology textbook, used in pre-health profession programs throughout the U.S.
A highly engaging, clearly written, beautifully illustrated introduction to the science of human genetics for the non-scientist. Now in its 10th edition.
An ideal starting point for anyone who wants to know more about genes, DNA, genomes, and the genetic ties that bind us all.

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