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This book held my interest from start to finish. I love how the author makes her scientific research so intensely personal and intimate. I found her descriptions compelling, such as those of close family members, their personalities, behaviour and how they eventually died, her own clinical depression. So for me, the book bridged the gap between science and the soul searching question of "Why am I the way I am?" I will be reading more on epigenetics now that I've had this introduction. Also, I like that all the research is well referenced and the contributors acknowledged.
As for the author's style of writing, many people have said it's witty. Not me; I would only say it's dry, and a even bit moany in places ... though not enough to stop me turning the pages. And the author's second-language use of English was obvious to me at times, making some sentences sound a bit "clunky" to my ear.
Apart from minor taste issues, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about genetics and epigenetics, but doesn't want to wade through anything too science-heavy.
This is a great book for anyone interested in what genetics is right now and what it might become.
The author is a scientist and journalist who understands the deep detail and can translate it into something of real interest to non-experts through the story of her own exploration of her genome. It's a brilliantly well-structured book that manages to be both logical and surprising in how it progresses.
Humorous (who knew there was a gene that makes your boobs smaller if you drink too much coffee) and serious, Lone takes you on a journey into the thigs you can learn now, and how you might react to them, and the way genetics will shape our future lives.
Highly recommended to anyone with even a passing interest - this is an excellent read.
Ok, should you read this book? Yes, yes and yes. Is it my favourite book ever written on the subject? Not really. Does it broaden your horizons? Oh yes. Someone wrote in a review, it opens more questions than it answers, which is completely true, but it does so beautifully. You can just start from this book and by the end of it you want to sign up for a degree at Open University or read every copy of Nature you can get hold of. Beware though, the author is irritating. You can't sort of fault the bad bits and only take the good ones, they are like her genome, they are whole. Take it or leave it and I'd say take it. The writer gives you a glimpse on stuff about her that you really do not care or want to know, without making a call for empathy and telling you her story so you might actually understand her or start to like her.
But apart from that, recommended :). Are you keen on the subject? Read this book.
This is a good up-to-date account of the genomic revolution as applied to an individual. It is fairly well written although a little tedious at times. It does give a feel for what it is like to know something of yourself at the genomic level and currently (2013) lets you know what is available to the individual in this field.
Lone Frank gives an entertaining and at times funny overview of what scientists know about our genome. The small variations within the human genome are being correlated with the chance of getting various diseases. Scientists turned into entrepreneurs are offering these early findings to people willing to know. The ethical issues are fully discussed and also the limitations of the methods. There is no genetic determinism (we are not Laplacean monsters !), but a constant interaction between inputs of the environment and the genetic machinery, that creates all the visible variations of life. Lone Frank also touches the issue of our free will in directing the inputs to our genetic machinery. It is a clever book and truly enjoyable, because the hard science is presented as a personal narrative.