12th edition of my human genetics textbook


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Glenn Nichols, surrounded by his hospice team. The author is in yellow.

Genetic Linkage

Make-up: What's DNA Got To Do With It?

August 21, 2011

Tags: DNA, sunscreen, antioxidant, FDA, DNA Advantage, anti-aging, cosmetics

I couldn’t help but stare at the ad: the sleek double helix winding behind the coiled container of makeup looked eerily like the covers of my human genetics textbook and upcoming book about gene therapy, both of which have DNA as a backdrop to faces. The standard beige goo that is Revlon’s Age Defying with DNA Advantage™ cream makeup swirls symmetrically upward, resembling more a soft-serve ice cream cone before the indentations are licked away than it does the molecule of life. I decided to investigate. (more…)

"Animals Containing Human Material" -- Welcome!

August 15, 2011

Tags: ACHM, animal welfare, animals containing human material, UK Academy of Medical Sciences, Ricki Lewis, The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It, The Planet of the Apes, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Asilomar, recombinant DNA research, IVF, in vitro fertilization, Louise Joy Brown, RFLPs, iPS, SNPs, Woody Allen, Jeff Goldblum, Irving Weissman, transgenic, gene targeting, Jackson lab, mouse model, Alzheimer's disease, neurall stem cells

A new biomedical abbreviation debuted July 22, ACHM (for Animals Containing Human Material) in a report of the same name from the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. ACHM will soon replace, I hope, the phrase “humans and animals,” which implies to the taxonomically inclined that we are instead fungus, plant, or microbe. (more…)

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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 11th edition, 12th to be published in September 2018.
Nonfiction
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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