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The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest to Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level | [Jessica Wapner]

The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest to Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level

Almost daily, headlines announce newly discovered links between cancers and their genetic causes. Science journalist Jessica Wapner vividly relates the backstory behind those headlines, reconstructing the crucial breakthroughs, explaining the science behind them, and giving due to the dozens of researchers, doctors, and patients whose curiosity and determination restored the promise of a future to the more than 50,000 people diagnosed each year with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML).
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Publisher's Summary

Almost daily, headlines announce newly discovered links between cancers and their genetic causes. Science journalist Jessica Wapner vividly relates the backstory behind those headlines, reconstructing the crucial breakthroughs, explaining the science behind them, and giving due to the dozens of researchers, doctors, and patients whose curiosity and determination restored the promise of a future to the more than 50,000 people diagnosed each year with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). It is an astonishing tale that will provide victims of other cancers and their loved ones realistic hope that cures may yet be found in their lifetimes.

The Philadelphia Chromosome charts the milestones that led to present-day cancer treatment and tells the inspiring story of the dedicated men and women who, working individually and in concert, have sought to plum the mysteries of the human genome in order to conquer those deadly and most feared diseases called cancer.

©2013 Jessica Wapner (P)2013 HighBridge Company.

What the Critics Say

“[Wapner’s] gracefully written history skillfully combines both the science and humanity of this fascinating search for a cure for chronic myeloid leukemia.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The story of the Philadelphia chromosome is truly the story of modern cancer biology. . . . Jessica Wapner stitches the whole story together with tenacity, diligence (and humor). This is a wonderful, readable, and highly informative book.” (Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of all Maladies)

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    If you could sum up The Philadelphia Chromosome in three words, what would they be?

    Encouraging wonderful story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr Brian Druker.... a TRUE modern day HERO!


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    anything that referred to Dr Drukers drive to see this all the way through


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    A REALLY good and important book. Inspirational. Criticism? a tad too repetetive.

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