Leading medical genetics scholar Moyra Smith reviews current prospects and progress in medical genetics and genomics, arising from the growth of gene mapping and human genome sequencing. She addresses recent investigations into human origins, migrations, and diversity; psychiatric diseases; Alzheimer's, Parkinsonism, and ALS; protein misfolding; gene-environment interactions; mRNA; epigenetics; and much more.
©2011 Moyra Smith (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
I expected this book to be aimed at the scientifically aware public, but instead this book seems to be written for genomics researchers. People without training in molecular biology will find this book difficult to understand.
Unfortunately, this book is not very good even for genomics researchers. Although the information is up to date, it is presented without much organization, background, or context, and the author makes heavy use of scientific jargon without much explanation.
The narrator, Karen White, tries hard, but her delivery is halting, she mispronounces some words (e.g., kilobase, polymerase, etiology), and she sounds as if she doesn't understand what she's reading.
"How about listening to et. al. all the time"
Funnily enough, I have opted to read (listen?) the audio version of this book drung my long drives. It is a resource of anecdotal evidence rather than a "popular science book" (it is funny to hear et. al. all the time -- the audio book producer and the reader must be dumb -- in the audio version ingenuity is to convert the claptrap on the paper version to a storey). 10% of the book is readable/listenable, rest are probably useful as a reference list (to look up when physically turning the pages of the book). It does update you though.
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