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Is DNA testing a triumph of modern medicine or a Pandora’s box of possibilities? Is screening for disease in an embryo a humane form of family planning or a slippery slope toward eugenics? And, more practically, how do we navigate the dizzying and expanding array of tests available, with more appearing every day?
In The Gene Machine, the award-winning journalist Bonnie Rochman addresses these questions and more, guiding us through the new frontiers of gene technology and how it has forever changed medicine, bioethics, and the factors that shape a family. Rochman takes an authoritative look at the latest hot-button issues in the world of pre- and postnatal testing and tells the stories of women and men struggling to understand the variety of tests and grappling with their results—revelations that are sometimes joyous, sometimes heartbreaking, and often profound.
Propelled by human narratives and meticulously reported, The Gene Machine introduces us to scientists working to unlock the secrets of the human genome; gene counselors and spiritual advisers helping parents manage this complex new reality; and, of course, parents themselves, including the author, who glimpse the genetic futures of their children. The Gene Machine is both a scientific road map and a meditation on our power to shape the future, one that gets to the very core of what it means to be human.
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March 17, 2017
Excellent and technical survey for the sequencing of human DNA material, especially in the process of care for all newborns. For and against sequencing your baby or spouse (in vast detail) is included. Early in pregnancy with abortion as an alternative choice has a chapter of its own. Or be it fo...
March 13, 2017
Award-winning journalist Bonnie Rochman’s new book, The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids—and the Kids We Have asks questions that will trouble and disturb as it explores the rapid development of gene technology and genetic advancement. I received this copy...
March 19, 2017
This is an excellent summary of the advances being made in genetic technology, some of them now bordering on science fiction! Humans are on the verge of eliminating all defects in the genome as we begin to analyze our DNA down to the building blocks. The author presents critical case studies and...
April 09, 2017
Fuel for the confirmation bias of those scared of the new. How the imaginary good old times are replaced by a new and uncertain future. Luckily the life goes forward. Sadly the state is now powerful enough to eviscerate research in most areas.
So read about "the Pandora's box" of not having disabl...
April 30, 2017
The once SciFi world of genetics testing and treatment is rapidly moving out of the "can you" into the realm of "should you". The author highlights the choices and personal stories. And, journalistically, stays out of the conversation but shows us the many facets of the story. CRISPR and MRT (Mit...
August 15, 2017
This book was written by a science reporter, but almost read like it was written by a genetic counselor. It was about many of the genetic testing options available pre-conception, pre-natally, and after a child is born. It had lots of great case studies about couples who have wrestled with decisi...
June 27, 2017
Science enables us to know much more than ever before. We can be aware of what disorders we could pass on to our kids and we can conduct screenings on children to discover irregularities in their genes. Such screenings can help doctors catch issues early… but they can also put a huge burden on fa...
June 29, 2017
Very informative. Had the feeling I had while reading Glow Kids - scary and amazed. But I couldn't tell if the author was for these technologies or against. You could argue either way and there are ample examples in the book that keep you ambivalent but I expected the author to have a stance. Not...
July 27, 2017
Rochman has done a great job with exhaustive reporting and contemplation of the ethics and miracles of genetic manipulation and selection. I will be recommending the book to my patients with questions about genetic diseases and assisted reproduction.
September 07, 2017
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