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This very readable overview of the rise and transformations of medical genetics and of the eugenic impulses that have been inspired by the emerging understanding of the genetic basis of many diseases and disabilities is based on a popular nonmajors course, "Social Implications of Genetics," that Gillham gave for many years at Duke University. The book is suitable for use as a text in similar overview courses about genes and social issues or genes and disease. It gives a good overview of the developments and status of this field for a wide range of biomedical researchers, physicians, and students, especially those interested in the prospects for the new, genetics-based personalized medicine.
Chapter 1: Hunting for disease genes 1
Chapter 2: How genetic diseases arise 25
Chapter 3: Ethnicity and genetic disease 55
Chapter 4: Susceptibility genes and risk factors 81
Chapter 5: Genes and cancer 103
Chapter 6: Genes and behavior 129
Chapter 7: Genes and IQ: an unfinished story 151
Chapter 8: Preventing genetic disease 175
Chapter 9: Treating genetic disease 199
Chapter 10: The dawn of personalized medicine 235
Postscript: a cautionary note 249
References and notes 253
Some useful human genetics Web sites 307
About the author 311