The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids--and the Kids We Have by Bonnie Rochman

Into the Wild

The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids--and the Kids We Have Read Online Free - A sharp-eyed exploration of the promise and peril of having children in an age of genetic tests and interventions

Is DNA testing a triumph of modern medicine or a Pandora’s box of possibilities? Is screening for disease in an embryo a humane form of family planning or a slippery slope toward eugenics? And, more practically, how do we navigate the dizzying and expanding array of tests available, with more appearing every day?

In The Gene Machine, the award-winning journalist Bonnie Rochman addresses these questions and more, guiding us through the new frontiers of gene technology and how it has forever changed medicine, bioethics, and the factors that shape a family. Rochman takes an authoritative look at the latest hot-button issues in the world of pre- and postnatal testing and tells the stories of women and men struggling to understand the variety of tests and grappling with their results—revelations that are sometimes joyous, sometimes heartbreaking, and often profound.

Propelled by human narratives and meticulously reported, The Gene Machine introduces us to scientists working to unlock the secrets of the human genome; gene counselors and spiritual advisers helping parents manage this complex new reality; and, of course, parents themselves, including the author, who glimpse the genetic futures of their children. The Gene Machine is both a scientific road map and a meditation on our power to shape the future, one that gets to the very core of what it means to be human.

Title : The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids--and the Kids We Have
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 0374713960
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 0 pages


Jeanette rated it ★★★★☆

March 17, 2017

Excellent and technical survey for the sequencing of human DNA material, especially in the process of care for all newborns. For and against sequencing your baby or spouse (in vast detail) is included. Early in pregnancy with abortion as an alternative choice has a chapter of its own. Or be it fo...

Leah Rachel rated it ★★★★☆

March 13, 2017

Award-winning journalist Bonnie Rochman’s new book, The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids—and the Kids We Have asks questions that will trouble and disturb as it explores the rapid development of gene technology and genetic advancement. I received this copy...

Steve rated it ★★★★☆

March 19, 2017

This is an excellent summary of the advances being made in genetic technology, some of them now bordering on science fiction! Humans are on the verge of eliminating all defects in the genome as we begin to analyze our DNA down to the building blocks. The author presents critical case studies and...

Ietrio rated it ★☆☆☆☆

April 09, 2017

Fuel for the confirmation bias of those scared of the new. How the imaginary good old times are replaced by a new and uncertain future. Luckily the life goes forward. Sadly the state is now powerful enough to eviscerate research in most areas. So read about "the Pandora's box" of not having disabl...

Ian rated it ★★★★☆

April 30, 2017

The once SciFi world of genetics testing and treatment is rapidly moving out of the "can you" into the realm of "should you". The author highlights the choices and personal stories. And, journalistically, stays out of the conversation but shows us the many facets of the story. CRISPR and MRT (Mit...

Emily rated it ★★★★☆

February 25, 2018

Such interesting information. I’m really glad to be more informed on this topic now. I think genetic technology is a topic that will be getting a lot more attention in the coming years. I also appreciated how objective the author was able to remain even about topics like abortion for reasons of d...

Katie rated it ★★★★★

August 15, 2017

This book was written by a science reporter, but almost read like it was written by a genetic counselor. It was about many of the genetic testing options available pre-conception, pre-natally, and after a child is born. It had lots of great case studies about couples who have wrestled with decisi...

Amanda rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 03, 2018

The author came and gave a talk at the office (which I missed) so I read the book instead. Overall it seems like the author wrote a good newspaper/magazine article on the topic, was given a book deal, and then proceeded to stretch the same content out into book length. I learned some information...

Jerrid rated it ★★★★☆

October 08, 2017

A nice history of the development of genetic testing, the current capabilities, and the new ethical issues that arise with the new technology. I thought the author investigated the ethical issues well, but was a little disappointed with the underselling of the issues in the last page. Means to an...

Viewpoints rated it ★★★★★

June 27, 2017

Science enables us to know much more than ever before. We can be aware of what disorders we could pass on to our kids and we can conduct screenings on children to discover irregularities in their genes. Such screenings can help doctors catch issues early… but they can also put a huge burden on fa...

Read Books Online is in no way intended to support illegal activity. We uses Search API to find the overview of books over the internet, but we don't host any files. All document files are the property of their respective owners, please respect the publisher and the author for their copyrighted creations. If you find documents that should not be here please report them. Read our DMCA Policies and Disclaimer for more details.