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Altered Fates: The Genetic Re-engineering of Human Life Jeff  Lyon

Altered Fates: The Genetic Re-engineering of Human Life

Jeff Lyon

Published October 17th 1996
ISBN : 9780393315288
Paperback
592 pages
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In the pages of this rich and detailed narrative, whose characters include the fields leading scientists as well as key patients and their families, the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors tell the story of the race to be the first to do gene therapy (aMoreIn the pages of this rich and detailed narrative, whose characters include the fields leading scientists as well as key patients and their families, the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors tell the story of the race to be the first to do gene therapy (a feat almost certain to garner a Nobel Prize and a place in medical history), uncovering the behind-the-scenes machinations and rivalries among the prima-donna researchers at some of the worlds leading medical centers, including the National Institutes of Health. They also reveal the details of the initial human experiments in gene transfer and the agonizing decisions faced by the families of the first children to be submitted to the therapy.As Daniel Kevles observed in the New York Times Book Review, Mr. Lyon and Mr. Gorner are highly knowledgeable about the state of human and medical genetics, and their treatment of both the science and its practitioners is vivid, accessible, and . . . gripping.