Dec 27, Jenny Esots rated it really liked it. March 7th it seems we are at the tip of the iceberg with what is possible. Currently pandoras box is limited by the need for evidence based research, which is expensive. What future adventures await in that thing called DNA? My letter which was edited by SA Weekend.
Loved this exploration of genetics via the personal stories of the author Lone Frank. The author examines her own quest for answers via her own DNA. As the author is well versed in genetics it is an illuminating read. On the road to find out about DNA with Lone frank is more interesting and rewarding than a more straightforward clinical account would be. As always though, more questions than answers. May 22, Richelle rated it liked it.
Pretty interesting stuff. I especially liked the part where the author was thinking through all the possible future implications of DNA testing and coding. For example, she wondered if soon celebrities may not only have to worry about Paparazzi snapping photos everywhere they go, but also whether someplace they've been and left behind any of their DNA, if it will end up in the tabloids what genetic mutations or disease tendencies, etc.
It talked about DNA privacy and possi Pretty interesting stuff. It talked about DNA privacy and possible kinds of lawsuits that could arise. A little science mixed with a little speculative musing never hurt anyone. Dec 07, Chika rated it really liked it Shelves: science. I have read several books on this subject, and I find this one the best so far. It covers various aspects of genetics, is very informative and objective, but you can still read it like a personal story rather than a scientific report.
The author is open and honest, and that makes this book plausible. Reading this book made me very curious how the genetic researches would develop in the next decades. Lone Frank explores the burgeoning industry of personal genomics by subjecting herself to all of the genetic testing that she can. She writes in the first person and adeptly mixes the science behind the testing with her own feelings upon receiving results and a considerable amount of autobiography. The mix makes for an enjoyable read and a viewpoint on genetic testing that is pretty closely aligned with my own.
Jul 13, Ainil Farhan rated it really liked it. Basically Ms Frank discussed about how our genes affect our behavior. The relations between genetics, epigenetics and our brains. But lack of one important thing - religion. I don't know about you Ms Frank, but my religion Islam taught us how we can control the outcome even though the 'bad' genes were imprinted in our genome.
Dec 25, Dennis rated it it was amazing. An exploration of the rapidly developing field of personal genomics and related areas such as epigenetics and personality research. It's a very engaging read as the author presents quirky and critical portraits of the researchers she interviews and herself, while filling in all the scientific background as a clear and dispassionate narrator. Mar 09, Jaime rated it it was amazing. Amazing book! If you want to know anything about where genetic testing is at the present, or where it is heading in the future, you must read this book.
The author herself gets all the genetic tests she talks about, and then talks to the heads of the companies who provide them, in order to get all the information about them. It is funny, exciting, and very interesting! Nov 19, Christy Urban rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed this book. It is informative, funny and entertaining all at the same time.
Many books of this type go on and on and you feel like the editor stopped doing their job at the half way mark. This book has avoided that curse. Jun 12, J. Penn rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , psychology. Not too technical so even a non-scientist like myself could keep up with the genetic information. I had no idea things had progressed so much.
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Lots of great story ideas for technothrillers as well :. Feb 15, Alex Brown rated it really liked it.
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A really fantastic popular science book. Deeply personal, which aids understanding of sometimes complex subject matter. I come away from the book having been impacted emotionally and with a wider understanding of personal genomics.
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Oct 05, Lea rated it really liked it. A must read if you are interested in genetics and your DNA. Fascinating stuff. The author writes in an easy to read fashion and uses her own life and genes as examples. Feb 25, Suzi rated it really liked it. Beautifully written and very thoroughly researched. Occasionally tough to get through; ultimately a great read.
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Jun 19, Terri rated it it was ok. Not just because it's already out of date. Aug 14, Kolumbina rated it really liked it.
A good book. Very useful. Mar 29, Tony rated it it was amazing. Excellent blend of science and personal. Jan 20, Kara Crabb rated it it was amazing. Lone Frank knows her shit and she's not lame. Maybe, I am - somewhat - on some level, but the idea is just to have a child together and share custody. Or - at least, there would be a good chance for a successful pregnancy.
You have something to think about.
There's no way around it, and I have to tell him that he looks to be the best of my alternatives. My genes are not fate but cards I've been dealt, and some of those cards give me a certain amount of latitude in playing the game of life--whether it be romantically, health-wise, or seeking a deeper connection to my family. Or, to turn another phrase, my genome is not a straightjacket but a soft sweater to fill out and shape, snuggle up to and stretch out.
It is information I can work with and around, information that can grant me greater freedom to shape my life. It is also information that can, in its way, ease my existential burden. It tells me that I am not totally free, nor am I completely responsible for who I am and what I have ultimately become.
A luminous achievement.
My Beautiful Genome: Exposing Our Genetic Future, One Quirk at a Time
Jun 02, Jackie rated it really liked it. This is a beautiful book. Beautiful because of the author's honesty and openness about her interest in and the insight given by the investigation of her own genetic inheritance. Beautiful because it gives a sense of empowerment where perhaps before there was only fear or self-blame. I am what I do with this beautiful information that has flowed through millions of years through bill This is a beautiful book. I am what I do with this beautiful information that has flowed through millions of years through billions of organisms and has, now, finally been entrusted to me.
My Beautiful Genome is a first person account of modern, personal genetic testing. The author, a journalist, interviews the leaders in the industry and people like technologist Esther Dyson who have made their genomes public. Along the way Ms. Frank explores what it means to study ourselves in this way. She explores the genetic underpinnings of disease In the end she feels that the result of her explorations were not "a simplified self-image" but that it gave her insights My Beautiful Genome is a first person account of modern, personal genetic testing.
In the end she feels that the result of her explorations were not "a simplified self-image" but that it gave her insights into more facets and nuances of her life. At its heart this book is both a science book and a biography. It succeeds on both counts. I have been reading about genetics and especially genetic genealogy for years so I am not well able to tell how accessible the science is to someone learning about it for the first time.
But I expect Ms. Frank's clear style and the way she relates it to her own family and life will make it quite readable. I enjoyed it very much. And I will check and see if 23andMe has its usual Thanksgiving sale and perhaps launch myself into the world of personal genetics I have already had my brother tested for genealogy purposes.
Jun 07, Ruby rated it it was amazing. This is a gobsmackingly good book. Anyone who is interested in genetics, ethics, psychology, science and social policy should check this book out. I finished the book with more questions than I started with, and I would love to find others who have read this book to discuss all the cans of worms this exciting new field has opened. Lone does a great job of demystifying some of the workings and methodology of gene science and has given me a thirst for more knowledge on the subject, which is the ha This is a gobsmackingly good book.
Lone does a great job of demystifying some of the workings and methodology of gene science and has given me a thirst for more knowledge on the subject, which is the hallmark of a good science writer, in my book. I thoroughly recommend this book.
Apr 22, Lukie rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction. After the dry and, to me, uninteresting beginning chapter about tracing one's genetic ancestry, the book got a lot more interesting and I went from dreading reading it to being, at times, quite riveted. I had chosen it for a book discussion so I was obligated to read it, and read it well. Genetic research is making new discoveries every day. The field is percolating and many many questions and possibilities social, ethical, medical, etc are presented that are juicy ones for discussion.
Frank After the dry and, to me, uninteresting beginning chapter about tracing one's genetic ancestry, the book got a lot more interesting and I went from dreading reading it to being, at times, quite riveted. Frank's narration is subtly humorous on occasion as she sits down to interview famous geneticists or tries to reconcile her personal genome, but the real heft of the book is in the studies and stunning revelations about genetics itself.
Dec 25, Nikki rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , science-fact. This book is a very personal but nonetheless interesting exploration of someone, well, exploring their own genome, with helpful explanations about the way these things work and why. I winced over references to AMD -- my mother has apparently non-age related macular degeneration, as did both her parents, so things aren't looking good for me.
Would I want to find out for sure? I'm not sure. And my cancer risks With three of my four grandparents dying of cancer which metastasised to their lungs This book is a very personal but nonetheless interesting exploration of someone, well, exploring their own genome, with helpful explanations about the way these things work and why. With three of my four grandparents dying of cancer which metastasised to their lungs and brains before it was found, that is actually quite frankly terrifying.
Interesting to ponder the future of genetic testing, too. Apr 24, Audrey Maran rated it liked it. I thought Lone Frank presented the information and data in ways that made it interesting to read and easy to understand. I was glad to see that she was honest about where genetic technology is at and presented all sides of ethical issues. What really made this book difficult to read was that the author would often go on tangents that consisted of mostly complaining. In some places, her family background was relevant, in others, it was distracting and took away from my ability to enjoy reading th I thought Lone Frank presented the information and data in ways that made it interesting to read and easy to understand.
In some places, her family background was relevant, in others, it was distracting and took away from my ability to enjoy reading the book. Nov 02, Danielle T rated it it was amazing. It's weird because I started this in November, stopped a third of the way through because it was a 2 week 'new' book at the library , then resumed months later so not sure how valid my comments can be? Frank writes a very accessible book exploring the potential and pitfalls of personal genomics, going through a number of available tests and screens while weaving her own personal narrative about family history and depression.
She references contemporary research, especially the newer epigene It's weird because I started this in November, stopped a third of the way through because it was a 2 week 'new' book at the library , then resumed months later so not sure how valid my comments can be? She references contemporary research, especially the newer epigenetics stuff.
Feb 16, Katya de Becerra rated it it was amazing Shelves: thank-you-dear-library , reviewed , research-nf. A great intro into the complicated jungle of personal genetics market. Based on Lone Frank's own experiential research into her DNA, My Beautiful Genome follows a series of tests Lone undergoes to answer the ages-old question of heritability vs. And praise, of course. Since then, like the proverbial Pavlovian dog, I have associated reading with the ingestion of sugary substances. I practically salivate at the sight of a book.
Also, Lone's description of the "blindfold chess" games she'd play with her father was a delight and reminded me of my own childhood. I decided to reread this book because I recently did my own genetic testing through 23andme. It was really cool to be able to read through Frank's process of discovering her genome while learning about my own. I love her blend personal experience and scientific understanding because it really captures the essence of what the genome is.
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She also does a great job with making the information really understandable and puts into perspective how the future of humanity and science rests on genetics. Th I decided to reread this book because I recently did my own genetic testing through 23andme. This book is a great way to learn more about genetic and genome screening both in research and consumer markets.