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READS Welcome to the Genomics Book Club

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Looking for holiday gifts for all your relatives who don’t understand the significance of what you do for a living? Why not a genome tome?

The Genomic Revolution: Unveiling the Unity of Life is the latest addition to the growing stack of not-overly-scholarly books designed to explain to the masses the importance of the human genome sequence. (See list below for others).

Co-editors Michael Yudell, a genomics policy and ethics researcher at the American Museum of Natural History, and Rob DeSalle, a curator in the museum’s division of invertebrate zoology, compiled essays by 21 genomics industry observers (dignitaries Haseltine, Hood, Varmus, and Venter among them), into a volume that spans genomics topics from sequencing to SNPs, eugenics to ethics.

The duo recently celebrated the release of the hardback with friends, family, and colleagues at a party in an elegant townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. As wine flowed and a cake bearing an icing reproduction of the book cover was sliced, Yudell thanked supporters and urged guests to learn more about the genome with a $20 purchase of the 200-page book.

If your gift recipient is still confused, not to worry. You can follow up next year with an easier-to-digest explanation. Yudell and DeSalle’s Welcome to the Genome: A User’s Guide to the Genetic Future is due out from Wiley in 2003.

— Adrienne Burke

On every gift-giver’s genomics reading list

Mainstream-oriented genomics books published between October 2000 and October 2002:

As the Future Catches You: How Genomics and Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth, by Juan Enriquez

Darwin in the Genome: Molecular Strategies in Biological Evolution, by Lynn Helena Caporale

Genes, Girls, and Gamow: After the Double Helix, by James Watson

Genetically Yours: Bioinforming, Biopharming, and Biofarming, by Hwa A. Lim

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters, by Matt Ridley

Life Script: How the Human Genome Discoveries Will Transform Medicine and Enhance Your Health, by Nicholas Wade

The Common Thread: A Story of Science, Politics, Ethics and the Human Genome, by John Sulston and Georgina Ferry

The Genomic Revolution: Unveiling the Unity of Life, edited by Michael Yudell and Rob DeSalle

The Human Genome, by James Watson

Transducing the Genome: Information, Anarchy, and Revolution in the Biomedical Sciences, by Gary Zweiger

Understanding the Genome, from the editors of Scientific American

 

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