The Gene Machine

The Gene Machine

How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids--and the Kids We Have

Book - 2017
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Author Bonnie Rochman tells the stories of scientists working to unlock the secrets of the human genome; genetic counselors and spiritual advisers guiding mothers and fathers through life-changing choices; and, of course, parents (including Rochman herself) grappling with revelations that are sometimes joyous, sometimes heartbreaking, but always profound. She navigates the dizzying and constantly expanding array of prenatal and postnatal tests, from carrier screening to genome sequencing, while considering how access to more tests is altering perceptions of disability and changing the conversation about what sort of life is worth living and who draws the line. Along the way, she highlights the most urgent ethical quandary: Is this technology a triumph of modern medicine or a Pandora¿› box of possibilities?
Publisher: New York : Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
New York : Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ́—́Ư2017.
ISBN: 9780374160784
Characteristics: 272 pages ; 24 cm.


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Dec 10, 2017

Must read for all biology teachers and anyone interested in genetics. As usual, technology is outpacing our understanding of it and the ethical and moral issues associated with it. Reading level is appropriate for anyone who can read and understand the paper.


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