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Tyranny of the gene : personalized medicine and its threat to public health / James Tabery.


"A revelatory account of how power, politics, and greed have placed genomics at the center of American medicine and a clear-eyed look at the unfulfilled promise of "personalized medicine.""-- Provided by publisher.
The United States is embarking on a medical revolution. Supporters of personalized, or precision, medicine--the tailoring of health care to our genomes--have promised to usher in a new era of miracle cures. Advocates of this gene-guided health-care practice foresee a future where skyrocketing costs can be curbed by customization and unjust disparities are vanquished by biomedical breakthroughs. Progress, however, has come slowly, and with a price too high for the average citizen. In Tyranny of the Gene, James Tabery exposes the origin story of personalized medicine--essentially a marketing idea dreamed up by pharmaceutical executives--and traces its path from the Human Genome Project to the present, revealing how politicians, influential federal scientists, biotech companies, and drug giants all rallied behind the genetic hype. The result is a medical revolution that privileges the few at the expense of health care that benefits us all.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780525658207
  • ISBN: 0525658203
  • Physical Description: 322 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2023.

Contents / Notes

General Note:
Place of publication from publisher's website.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
A Tale of Two Revolutions -- The End of a Partnership -- Industry Relationships -- From Artificial Nose to Genomics Juggernaut -- The Politics of the Personal -- Genomics Finds Its Hammer -- Not Personal, Not Precise -- Disparity in the Genome -- The "Gleevec Scenario".
Subject: Precision medicine.
Genomics > Law and legislation.
Public health.
Medical care.
Genomic Medicine > legislation & jurisprudence.
Genomics > legislation & jurisprudence.
Precision Medicine.
Environmental Health > legislation & jurisprudence.
United States.
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology.
Genre: Informational works.

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