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Pages: 336
Subject: Popular Science
Imprint: Oneworld

My Beautiful Genome

Exposing Our Genetic Future, One Quirk at a Time

Lone Frank

What if your future could be mapped out for you. Would you want to know?
Paperback
9781851689149 (25 May 2012)
RRP £8.99 / US$13.95

The Book

Internationally acclaimed science writer Lone Frank swabs up her DNA to provide the first truly intimate account of the new science of consumer-led genomics. She challenges the business mavericks intent on mapping every baby's genome, ponders the consequences of biological fortune-telling, and prods the psychologists who hope to uncover just how much or how little our environment will matter in the new genetic century - a quest made all the more gripping as Frank considers her family's and her own struggles with depression.

Additional Information

Subject Popular Science
Pages 336
Imprint Oneworld

 

About the Author

US: Lone Frank is the author of The Neurotourist: Postcards from the Edge of Brain Science (ISBN 9781851687961). She holds a PhD in neurobiology and was previously a research scientist working in the biotechnology industry in the United States. An award-winning science journalist and TV documentary presenter, she has written for such publications as Scientific American, Science, and Nature Biotechnology and is a frequent speaker at venues including Harvard Medical School, the Library of Congress, the Royal Society, and TED.



UK: Lone Frank is the author of Mindfield: (ISBN ). She holds a PhD in neurobiology and was previously a research scientist in the biotechnology industry. An award-winning science journalist and TV documentary presenter, she has written for such publications as .. [ UK publications ????? or Scientific American, Science, and Nature Biotechnology]

Reviews

"A probing biological memoir… Refreshing [and] wonderfully poetic."

- Publishers Weekly

"Readers will be intrigued by Frank's witty, engaging account of the possibilities of emerging genetic sciences as well as her thoughtful considerations of the philosophical and ethical dimensions of the widespread use of genetic data."

- Library Journal

"My Beautiful Genome covers some of the most interesting controversies in biology today, including designer babies, brain imaging, and even whether or not we have free will. It's an enthralling read."

- New Scientist

"The huge research effort to understand the complexity of the genome is throwing up new insights into the nature of humanity, as the Danish science writer Lone Frank shows in My Beautiful Genome, her excellent look into the postgenomic world…. Fascinating."

- Financial Times

"A fascinating exploration of a subject that is not going to go away -- the influence of our genes on the way we are both medically and socially… Frank's light style and storytelling verve… make this an enjoyable read." Brian Clegg

- PopularScience.co.uk

"It’s not often you can wholeheartedly recommend a book… but this is it."

- Daily Mail

"A pin-sharp, lively memoir-cum-investigation… Frank's discoveries make for some truly tingling moments."

- The Mail on Sunday

"The story of DNA told through one woman's quest to find out if the secret to her depression lies in her genes… A must-read."

- BioNews

"Packed with juicy informative nuggets … weird, wonderful and very funny."

- Independent on Sunday

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would not hesitate to recommend it as both a personal and a book group read.”

- New Books

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