The Genome Odyssey: Medical Mysteries and the Incredible Quest to Solve Them

The Genome Odyssey: Medical Mysteries and the Incredible Quest to Solve Them

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In The Genome Odyssey, Dr. Euan Ashley, Stanford professor of medicine and genetics, brings the breakthroughs of precision medicine to vivid life through the real diagnostic journeys of his patients and the tireless efforts of his fellow doctors and scientists as they hunt to prevent, predict, and beat disease.

Since the Human Genome Project was completed in 2003, the price of genome sequencing has dropped at a staggering rate. It’s as if the price of a Ferrari went from $350,000 to a mere forty cents. Through breakthroughs made by Dr. Ashley’s team at Stanford and other dedicated groups around the world, analyzing the human genome has decreased from a heroic multibillion dollar effort to a single clinical test costing less than $1,000.

For the first time we have within our grasp the ability to predict our genetic future, to diagnose and prevent disease before it begins, and to decode what it really means to be human.

In The Genome Odyssey, Dr. Ashley details the medicine behind genome sequencing with clarity and accessibility. More than that, with passion for his subject and compassion for his patients, he introduces readers to the dynamic group of researchers and doctor detectives who hunt for answers, and to the pioneering patients who open up their lives to the medical community during their search for diagnoses and cures.

He describes how he led the team that was the first to analyze and interpret a complete human genome, how they broke genome speed records to diagnose and treat a newborn baby girl whose heart stopped five times on the first day of her life, and how they found a boy with tumors growing inside his heart and traced the cause to a missing piece of his genome.

These patients inspire Dr. Ashley and his team as they work to expand the boundaries of our medical capabilities and to envision a future where genome sequencing is available for all, where medicine can be tailored to treat specific diseases and to decode pathogens like viruses at the genomic level, and where our medical system as we know it has been completely revolutionized.

Title:The Genome Odyssey: Medical Mysteries and the Incredible Quest to Solve Them
ISBN:9781250234995
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    The Genome Odyssey: Medical Mysteries and the Incredible Quest to Solve Them Reviews

  • David

    This is a fantastic book about using DNA to develop personalized treatments for patients with rare diseases. Dr. Ashley is a cardiologist, and at Stanford, he is a professor of medicine and genetics. ...

  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    If there is one thing this book made me reflect on, it’s the importance of every single scientific discovery, no matter how long it takes for the next big step to come to fruition. The discovery of ...

  • Max

    I think what I marvel at the most about Genome Oddysey is that it manages to be informative and in-depth while simultaneously having writing and characters that are easy to follow and relatable.This b...

  • Shannon Rochester

    Thank you Celadon for surprising me with yet another book in the mail...although I did not find this one as enjoyable as the others, that is no fault of it's own. Genomes are pretty specific and prett...

  • Mallory

    This book is a bit outside my usual genres, but I was intrigued by the description and I was not disappointed. It was maybe a little more heavy on the science than I needed, but it was also full of wr...

  • Renee (The B-Roll)

    Thank you so much for allowing me to read this book early! In "The Genome Odyssey," Dr. Ashley brings to light so many fascinating topics and ideas in regards to the human genome and its changes over...

  • Sara

    I need to properly review this (this review is way overdue) but this book was released a few days ago and I wanted to say that this book is one I highly recommend. If you're even the slightest bit int...

  • Nancy

    I have been interested in genome research since I first heard about it. As a genealogy researcher, I am curious about what we inherit from our ancestors. I seek out family resemblances and inherited t...

  • Nursebookie

    I have always gravitated to the mysteries of the human body, how each cell in our body works and even to the genes that make up our traits, characters, how we laugh or smile. This book is so thrilling...

  • Katie/Doing Dewey

    Summary: I loved the patient stories in this book and am excited to find a popular science book explaining the details of precision medicine.If you've ever been interested in the potential of genome ...