- Copertina rigida: 341 pagine
- Editore: Harpercollins; 1 edizione (1 dicembre 2010)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0061628336
- ISBN-13: 978-0061628337
- Peso di spedizione: 522 g
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon:
Here Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 1 dic 2010
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When I started reading this book, I expected something a lot different than what i got, but I feel that this is a good thing. I don't think this book will necessarily appeal to science lovers and researchers; it is light compared to the hefty tomes that more suit those wanting in-depth knowledge of any subject. It covers the basics so that it can be brought to the average person who *isn't* a scientist, which is what appealed to me as I read it.
Best of all, you realistically only need middle or high school level science to understand what is going on in the book, which opens this title to the average teenager, if that sort of research is up their alley. I also like the general message of this book, and how it pursues the potential impact of genomics on base society.
If you've wondered what all this "genome" stuff is all about, the author also narrates the human genome project, and how scientists have achieved the capability to affordably sequence a human being. He's met all the big names, the legends, the people on the cutting edge of science and he shares his impressions and interactions.
It's a great book, a fun read, and a journey of introspection for the author and for the reader.
'Here is a Human Being' however didn't really provide this type of useful info but instead was just an overview and also spoke down about a lot of things so it made it seem like gene testing was useless whereas i can tell you from personal experience it is not. I guess maybe this book wasn't meant to really give me actionable info but after reading 'Outsmart Your genes' i felt that i not only already learned what i needed to know about the topic and was aware of some of the issues with gene testing but also i knew exactly how it applied to me today and how i could use it to protect my life.
Here is a Human Being really needs to be read like a story, and it also calls out to be read like deconstructing a piece of jewelry or craftwork prior to replicating the design in a new media. It has both a natural flow, and a sense of profoundly subtle (almost invisible) craft and design.
There is no conceptual organizer given at the beginning of the book, like the Dramatis personae or a timeline. There is no cognitive structure to help me understand this is where I began, this is how the book is evolving, and this is the expected path for getting there. My masters research focused on applying an educational technique that was then called an "advance organizer." The oversimplified rule of thumb was tell them what you're going to say, say it, and then tell them what you told them. Me, I like to include something about WHY, why it's important, why it's valuable information to you, what are *you* going to get out if it. In this case, he might also want something on what the value was to him.
Through reading this, I've ended up reading the personal stories provided on a number of the personal genomic corporate websites, but I just can't trust them. They read a bit fake, like the marketing pieces they are. Misha doesn't. Misha sounds honest and real. He says, I had these questions, I had these doubts, I had these concerns. I did it anyway. This is why. This is what I found, what I learned, how I learned it.
The book has important, excellent, well-crafted content. It tells a critical story. It tells a complex story. I agree that you don't need to be a scientist to understand it. However, it doesn't always include the context to make it easily accessible or an easy read. The story parts read easily, but without the cognitive construct into which to fit the pieces, I am having to create that myself as I go along. I am kind of mentally outlining the book as we go. Just when I think I know where he's headed, and I settle in to just focus on reading, he changes direction. I react, "Whoa, that isn't what I expected, what's going on now?" and I start again digging into footnotes and background research.
My approach to reading this book might have been a mistake. It certainly took long enough! It might be easier to see the most important part of the book, the story. The story only gets more intense and engaging as the book progresses. And it has a worthy ending.