The Gene Machine

How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids--and the Kids We Have

Author: Bonnie Rochman

Publisher: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN:

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 288

View: 109

A sharp-eyed exploration of the promise and peril of having children in an age of genetic tests and interventions Is screening for disease in an embryo a humane form of family planning or a slippery slope toward eugenics? Should doctors tell you that your infant daughter is genetically predisposed to breast cancer? If tests revealed that your toddler has a genetic mutation whose significance isn’t clear, would you want to know? In The Gene Machine, the award-winning journalist Bonnie Rochman deftly explores these hot-button questions, guiding us through the new frontier of gene technology and how it is transforming medicine, bioethics, health care, and the factors that shape a family. Rochman tells the stories of scientists working to unlock the secrets of the human genome; genetic counselors and spiritual advisers guiding mothers and fathers through life-changing choices; and, of course, parents (including Rochman herself) grappling with revelations that are sometimes joyous, sometimes heartbreaking, but always profound. She navigates the dizzying and constantly expanding array of prenatal and postnatal tests, from carrier screening to genome sequencing, while considering how access to more tests is altering perceptions of disability and changing the conversation about what sort of life is worth living and who draws the line. Along the way, she highlights the most urgent ethical quandary: Is this technology a triumph of modern medicine or a Pandora’s box of possibilities? Propelled by human narratives and meticulously reported, The Gene Machine is both a scientific road map and a meditation on our power to shape the future. It is a book that gets to the very core of what it means to be human.

Summary & Study Guide - The Alzheimer's Solution

A Breakthrough Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline at Every Age

Author: Lee Tang

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 43

View: 295

Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease by 90% Optimize Your Cognitive Function The must-read summary of “The Alzheimer’s Solution: A Breakthrough Program to Prevent and Reverse the Symptoms of Cognitive Decline at Every Age,” by Dean & Ayesha Sherzai, MD. This complete summary of Dean & Ayesha Sherzai’s book explains the biology of Alzheimer’s disease and the five-part program to prevent and reverse cognitive decline. By following this program, ninety percent of us can avoid ever getting Alzheimer’s. The ten percent with strong genetic risk for Alzheimer’s can delay the disease by ten to fifteen years. Those diagnosed with the disease can reverse the symptoms, be cognitively active, and add healthy years to life. This guide includes: • Book Summary—The summary helps you understand the key ideas and recommendations. • Online Videos—On-demand replay of public lectures, and seminars on the topics covered in the chapter. Value-added of this guide: • Save time • Understand key concepts • Expand your knowledge Read this summary and apply the ideas to prevent and reverse the symptoms of this debilitating illness that threaten you and your loved ones.

Blueprint

How DNA Makes Us Who We Are

Author: Robert Plomin

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN:

Category: Science

Page: 280

View: 201

A top behavioral geneticist makes the case that DNA inherited from our parents at the moment of conception can predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses. In Blueprint, behavioral geneticist Robert Plomin describes how the DNA revolution has made DNA personal by giving us the power to predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses from birth. A century of genetic research shows that DNA differences inherited from our parents are the consistent life-long sources of our psychological individuality—the blueprint that makes us who we are. This, says Plomin, is a game changer. Plomin has been working on these issues for almost fifty years, conducting longitudinal studies of twins and adoptees. He reports that genetics explains more of the psychological differences among people than all other factors combined. Genetics accounts for fifty percent of psychological differences—not just mental health and school achievement but all psychological traits, from personality to intellectual abilities. Nature, not nurture is what makes us who we are. Plomin explores the implications of this, drawing some provocative conclusions—among them that parenting styles don't really affect children's outcomes once genetics is taken into effect. Neither tiger mothers nor attachment parenting affects children's ability to get into Harvard. After describing why DNA matters, Plomin explains what DNA does, offering readers a unique insider's view of the exciting synergies that came from combining genetics and psychology.

Dual Momentum Trend Trading

How to Avoid Costly Trading Mistakes and Make More Money in the Stock, ETF, Futures and Forex Markets with This Simple and Reliable Swing Trading Strategy

Author: Lee Tang

Publisher: LMT Press

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 58

View: 926

Get Access to the Best Trading Strategy Available today! Here is a simple and reliable method to make money in stock, ETF, futures, and forex markets without quitting your day job. This book offers you a simple and reliable trading system that you can use right away with no guessing or tweaking required. It comes with a trend filter that helps you to understand the strength of the existing trend and a momentum filter that you can tweak to fit your own trading style and to increase its robustness. The mechanics of this system were first unveiled in a public forum several years ago. The author takes it to the next level by using daily charts as the primary trading time frame and adding a trend and momentum filter. If you follow this system correctly, you will be taking only high probability trades. The system will keep you in the trade for as long as the trend is running strong so that you will not be leaving money on the table by exiting too soon. With this system in your trading arsenal, you will not be making the mistakes most traders make, especially over-trading and over-analyzing, the main reasons why most traders are not profitable. This book is a must-read for anyone starting their journey into trading, or even experienced traders who are not getting the results they want from trading. It is ideal for people who work full time or those with busy schedules. You'll learn how successful traders make money by consistently trading trends—and how you can copy that success. This book is short and can be easily finished within a couple of hours. It provides simple and easy to follow trading rules, and can dramatically change your financial prospects! For less than what you would pay in commission on one trade, this book would be the best investment (of money and time) you have ever made. If you want to fast-forward your learning curve and learn to trade effectively as quickly as possible, read this book and give yourself a head start against the 90% of traders who consistently lose.

Canada's Public Pension System Made Simple

The Secrets to maximizing Your Retirement Income from Government Pensions

Author: Lee Tang

Publisher: LMT Press

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 130

View: 997

Get the Most Out of Your Canadian Government Pension! Are you getting everything you can from the government? The public pension system is complex and often changes, which means many people are not claiming money that they’re entitled to. Could you use more money to pay your bills? Do you know all of your options for maximizing your pension? Many people missed out on government pensions because they failed to take action to maximize their benefits. Read this book to make sure you’re not missing out on benefits that could help you pay your bills. Did you know? * Government pensions are not automatic. You have to apply for it. * You do not have to stop working to receive your government pension. * You may be eligible for government pensions from Canada even if you are living abroad and have never worked in Canada. * You may have to pay back part or all of your Old Age Security pension if your annual income is higher than a certain level. It is also known as the OAS clawback. * Many people missed out on government pensions because they failed to take action to minimize the clawback. * You can minimize the clawback, maximize your pension, and save taxes by following a few simple and proven strategies. This book was written to help you get the most out of your government pensions. Inside you'll find everything you need to know about Canada's public pension system and the actions and strategies that you can take to reduce the clawback on your OAS pension. Specifically, you will learn: * What benefits are offered, how to qualify, and how to apply for it. * Why it is important to have an RRSP withdrawal strategy. * Why it is important to have a tax-efficient investment strategy. * How you can minimize the clawback, maximize your pension, and save taxes by following a few simple and proven strategies. Read this book and start getting the money you deserve!

Summary & Study Guide - Brain Maker

The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain-Including Diet Cheat Sheet

Author: Lee Tang

Publisher: LMT Press

ISBN:

Category: Study Aids

Page: 68

View: 168

Heal and Protect Your Brain
Includes Diet Cheat Sheet

The must-read summary of “Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain - for Life," by Dr. David Perlmutter. This edition includes the diet cheat sheet.

The rates of prevalence of chronic debilitating diseases such as autism, depression, Alzheimer’s, and dementia are increasing. But advances in preventing and treating these diseases are almost nonexistent. The truth is, most doctors are trained to treat the symptoms, not the cause, of the disease; they are not seeking ways to prevent it. The good news is that a medical revolution is underway that will forever change how we understand, prevent, and treat these diseases.

This complete summary of Dr, David Perlmutter’s book explains:

* The power of the new science by drawing on key clinical and laboratory studies and remarkable results from doctors and patients around the world,
* How lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management influence our brain health and genetic expressions.
* The essential keys to nourishing a healthy microbiome.

It is important to stay in charge of your healthcare through continued education and involvement. Read this summary and apply the ideas to prevent and heal the debilitating illnesses that threaten you and your loved ones.

This guide includes:

* Book Summary—The summary helps you understand the key ideas and recommendations.
* Online Videos—On-demand replay of public lectures, and seminars on the topics covered in the chapter.
* Diet Cheat Sheet—A concise summary of the dietary principles, including (a) general guidelines, (b) foods to eat daily, (c) foods to eat in moderation, and (d) foods to avoid.

Value-added from this guide:
* Save time
* Understand key concepts
* Expand your knowledge

Making Reproductive Choices in the Face of Genetic Uncertainty

Author:

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Abstract: In the engaging and thought‐provoking book The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids and the Kids We Have, Bonnie Rochman addresses the question of choice in human reproduction through the lens of knowledge. Asserting that the desire for knowledge is the central theme of modern‐day reproduction, she asks, "Is genetic knowledge empowering or fear‐inducing or both?" Yet the question at the heart of the book goes beyond knowledge. Rochman delves into whether genetic information is actionable and then examines the corollary question of whether individuals should make decisions based on this data. Do parents want to choose the kinds of kids they have? Certainly, most parents would do what they could to prevent their child from having a painful, life‐limiting disease. But that is the extreme. And while genetic technologies generally start by targeting the extreme, the inevitable byproduct is the ability to know about and affect the fringe. It is at the borders that the critical questions lie. Taking advantage of reproductive choices has potentially life‐altering and permanent consequences not only for the chooser but also for the resulting child, the family unit, and society .

Human Values

Perspectives on Six Themes

Author: Roger E. Wiehe

Publisher: William C Brown Pub

ISBN:

Category: Philosophy

Page: 628

View: 961

Altered fates, the promise of gene therapy

an examination of the revolution that may change the face of medicine

Author: National Institutes of Health (U.S.)

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Medical

Page: 60

View: 471