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Mysterious World of the Human Genome (Hardcover) (Frank Ryan)
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The latest studies of the human genome are revealing exciting new discoveries. This groundbreaking book uses illuminating metaphors and reader-friendly language to show how the DNA and related chemical compounds in our cells work together to direct the processes of life. Scientists are not only unraveling how life evolved in the ancient past, but are also finding the keys to creating a healthier future. As the reader learns, we are on the cusp of an amazing era of disease treatment and eradication.How does the minuscule chemical cluster in each of our 100 trillion cells accomplish the amazing feat of creating and maintaining our bodies? The author, a physician and an evolutionary biologist, describes the complex ways in which the genome operates as a holistic system and not solely through genes coding for proteins—the building blocks of life. Also involved are elaborate switching mechanisms that regulate and control portions of our DNA, as well as the interplay of retroviruses and bacteria.The human genome is indeed a mysterious world, but, as this fascinating book shows, its vital secrets are now being uncovered.