The New Healers: The Promise and Problems of Molecular Medicine in the Twenty-First Century

Paperback | March 1, 1999

byWilliam R. Clark

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Science and medicine have provided us with clues to the treatment of a few genetic diseases, although by their very nature they have never been considered curable. But, as William R. Clark shows, that is about to change through one of the most profound revolutions in modern medicine: genetherapy, a branch of the new field of molecular medicine. Clark takes us to the laboratories which have been able to isolate human genes, to make billions of copies of them, and to reintroduce healthy genes into unfortunate individuals who have inherited damaged or functionless genes. The New Healers outlines the powerful logic behind molecular medicine: everything we know about molecular biology tells us that it can work, and that it will work. Clark introduces us to the scientists working now to map out the entire human genome, taking human beings to a completely new level ofunderstanding of our biological selves. Clark also helps us to begin thinking about how we will manage that understanding, and how we will use the information we gain. The New Healers is a clear and compelling introduction to this important new frontier of human medicine.

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Gene therapy is an exciting branch of human medicine that has the power to correct genetic diseases previously thought incurable. We discover how to isolate human genes in laboratories so scientists can make billions of copies. In reintroducing these healthy genes into people born with damaged or functionless genes, doctors are offerin...

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Science and medicine have provided us with clues to the treatment of a few genetic diseases, although by their very nature they have never been considered curable. But, as William R. Clark shows, that is about to change through one of the most profound revolutions in modern medicine: genetherapy, a branch of the new field of molecular ...

William R. Clark is Professor Emeritus of Immunology at UCLA. An internationally recognized authority on cellular immune responses, he is the author of At War Within: The Double Edged Sword of Immunity and Sex and the Origins of Death.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.91 × 5.31 × 0.39 inPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195130847

ISBN - 13:9780195130843

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Gene therapy is an exciting branch of human medicine that has the power to correct genetic diseases previously thought incurable. We discover how to isolate human genes in laboratories so scientists can make billions of copies. In reintroducing these healthy genes into people born with damaged or functionless genes, doctors are offering a new lease on life. The book offers a clear, accurate introduction to a fascinating field of possibilities.

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"Clark's book, written for nonscientists as well as students new to the field, uses historical narrative to show how we have arrived at the dawn of a new age in medicine."--The Quarterly Review of Biology