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by Philip R. Reilly

Philip R. Reilly is a physician, geneticist, and a lawyer. He is also a storyteller. His new book, The Strongest Boy in the World: How Genetic Information is Reshaping Our Lives, contains twenty engaging stories, each of which offers the reader a delightful excursion that will expand his worldview. As tour guide, Reilly is passionately committed to ensuring that intriguing discoveries lie around every bend in the road. Whether it is speculating on the impact of genetics on the future of sports, the evolutionary origins of humans, the mysteries of genetic diseases, the similarities between dogs and people, the impact of genetic engineering on what we eat, or the ethical dimensions of stem cell research, Reilly offers up spell binding tales. In each of the twenty chapters, he deftly reviews complex scientific and medical information in a manner that offers the reader the facts necessary to debate the value questions. From the Publisher Other Related Titles: Abraham Lincoln's DNA and Other Adventurs in Genetics (9780879696498) Is It In Your Genes: How Genes Influence Common Disorders and Diseases That Affect You and Your Family (9780879697211)
Download The Strongest Boy in the World and Other Adventures in Genetics epub
ISBN: 0879698012
ISBN13: 978-0879698010
Category: Other
Subcategory: Medicine & Health Sciences
Author: Philip R. Reilly
Language: English
Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; First Printing edition (February 10, 2006)
Pages: 278 pages
ePUB size: 1630 kb
FB2 size: 1931 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 446
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A very dense and informative read on the influence and advancements of genetic study in understanding the genetic potential of humans, animals, plants, history and many more for us to learn. The book did well in taking into consideration the potential powers and applications of genetics while simultaneously outlining the questionable nature of ethics in genetics. This book is outdated, which means some of things Riley mentioned might have changed.
I have been a medical geneticist for almost 40 years and I have been part of shaping the way genetics impinges on the daily lives of millions of people. Philip Reilly has made these genetic developments of the last 40 years into one of the threads that account for the fabric of our lives. His message is factual, easy to read and compelling, without sounding alarms. If you have any curiosity about whether or how genetics is relevant to your life in the 21st Century, this Dr. Phil can give you a most satisfying answer in "Strongest Boy," his sixth book. VM Riccardi
This is a great genetics book. I would read again even if it wasn't for a college class.
Nice book.
This book is very nice because it is written with stories and personal notes from the author, although a bit biased at times. Not your typical genetics book.
This book was delivered brand new, it's what I needed for my class, and it was cheaper than buying or renting it from the University's bookstore.
Science has advanced quickly in completing genetic sequencing projects, including the Human Genome Project. The resulting information is being used while society is considering and making decisions about the complex medical, legal, and ethical implications. Philip R. Reilly's book, The Strongest Boy in the World: How Genetic Information is Reshaping Our Lives, addresses a wide range of issues related to genetic information, making it possible for us to explore them. Through the fascinating stories that he tells, Reilly presents relevant information that enables us to develop educated opinions. The Strongest Boy In the World is understandable by readers who are not science experts; the underlying scientific background is introduced clearly when needed. Reading this book can make us ultimately better informed to consider the dilemmas and to make decisions about the use of genetic information.

This book, like Reilly's previous book, Abraham Lincoln's DNA and Other Adventures in Genetics, explores topics that captivate our interest as they connect genetic information to our lives. For example, "the strongest boy" is a youngster with muscles that are extremely large. The chapter discusses how the phenomenon might have occurred as a result of genetics and then relates it to athletic performance. We begin to understand how elite athletes may gain their superiority as a result of their genetic makeup.

Reilly goes on to look at a variety of topics that affect us personally and arouse our interest. These facilitate discussing diseases with genetic origins, considering genetically modified food, and resolving historical mysteries. Reilly puts forth possible relationships between our genes and intelligence or longevity, he discusses the possible benefits of knowing the DNA sequences of animals, and he comments on how genetics is becoming pervasive in our lives. Finally, he presents controversial issues of DNA forensic databases, stem cells, and gene therapy.

Last year, I selected Abraham Lincoln's DNA as the text for the college course I teach, called The Social Impact of Genetic Information. This year I will use The Strongest Boy in the World. Non-science majors enrolled in the course were intrigued by the colorful stories that brought the important genetic issues to life. They mastered the subject matter and were able to analyze the underlying topics, research them further, and formulate opinions about them. I believe that my students will be better-informed citizens as a result of the overview of interesting genetic issues presented in these texts.
This was overall a well written overview of the impact of genetic knowledge on both science and society. It is presented in the form of relatively short topic-based essays, selected and ordered (seemingly) randomly. I had to read this book as accessory reading for a cell biology class. While the book was certainly more interesting than a textbook and as a chemistry major/future doctor I found it very good, it is not something I would reccommend reading unless you actually have a desire to learn something more about genetics.