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Mapping Humanity: How Modern Genetics Is Changing Criminal Justice, Personalized Medicine, and Our Identities

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Peter Lerman

10 Hours 36 Minutes

HighBridge Company

September 2020

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Thanks to the popularity of personal genetic testing services, it's now easier than ever to get information about our own unique DNA-but who does this information really benefit? And, as genome editing and gene therapy transform the healthcare landscape, what do we gain-and what might we give up in return?

Inside each of your cells is the nucleus, a small structure that contains all of the genetic information encoded by the DNA inside, your genome. Not long ago, the first human genome was sequenced at a cost of nearly $3 billion; now, this same test can be done for about $1,000. This new accessibility of genome sequence information creates huge potential for advances in how we understand and treat disease, among other things. It also raises significant concerns regarding ethics and personal privacy.

In Mapping Humanity, cellular biology expert Joshua Z. Rappoport provides a detailed look at how the explosion in genetic information as a result of cutting-edge technologies is changing our lives and our world. Throughout, he explores the societal, ethical, and economic impacts of this new era. Offering a framework for balancing the potential risks and benefits of genetic information technologies and genetic engineering, Mapping Humanity is an indispensable guide to navigating the possibilities and perils of our gene-centric future.

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  • Philip H.

    Interesting topic. I am a layman on the subject, and wanted to know the state of technology. Readers should be aware that half the book was over my head, but the other half provided the information I was looking for. Problem is , you need to listen to the whole book. I gave 4 stars figuring the background data is provided for those who understand it. The narration is like listening to a computer-derived voice, very monotone with no emotion or emphasis. I found I had to focus on listening more attentively.

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  • Lisa S.

    The book is amazing. A detailed history of genetics and it's applications. The narration was for me somehow difficult to get used to at the beginning. But that's just a personal opinion

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  • Daniel C.

    Narrator sounds robotic at times and it is very hard to keep up with certain terminology unless you’re versed in the subject. I chose to sit through the heavy chapters with lots of Genomics terminology and acronyms and pay as much attention as possible. Whatever stuck, good. Whatever didn’t, I didn’t fuss about. Some chapters are definitely lighter and less Bio-Genetics lecture like, those were the ones I was hoping the book would be like. Overall interesting but wouldn’t recommend it to someone just wanted to read and learn about genomics lightly

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