12th edition of my human genetics textbook


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

Genetic Linkage

CRISPR Gene Editing of Neurons in Prader-Willi Syndrome

February 22, 2018

Tags: Prader-Willi syndrome

Prader-Willi syndrome illustrates genomic imprinting, when the gender of a parent is important.
I’m happy to see that fears about using CRISPR to edit human genes have dampened over the past year, but it’s still fun perusing the hyperbolic headlines:

They’re going to CRISPR people. What could possibly go wrong?

The Very Real Dangers of New Gene-Editing Technology

“How Gene Editing Could Ruin Human Evolution”

Since being fortunate enough a few years ago to find myself one of only two journalists in the press room at a genetic conference with two of CRISPR/Cas9’s inventors, I’ve made an effort to highlight exciting, beneficial uses of gene editing techniques, such as applications in "http://blogs.plos.org/dnascience/2017/06/29/can-crispr-conquer-huntingtons/">Huntington’s disease, sickle cell disease, and split-hand/foot malformation. (more…)

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.
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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