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Book Review: Here is a Human Being by Misha Angrist

Here Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal GenomicsHere Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics by Misha Angrist

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was fascinated by the genome for years, but didn’t have a lot of background. This book gives me some answers, but even more questions about how personalized medicine will be handled in the future.

Angrist gives us a first-person account of his PGP-10 experience. (PGP-10 is the first 10 individuals to publish their complete genomes.) The account was easy to read as it flows like a stream of conscientiousness tale. It is personal and you actually get an idea of the personalities of people he follows in the book.

As an IRB member, a scientist, and a computer geek, I have been very wary of the way that NIH has handled the problems with identity in the genome world. DNA is the ultimate identity and yet collection of samples seems to go on and is even encouraged by NIH grants. Even with GINA, I have reservations about it. GINA can be changed or annulled by future policy makers. Everything can change quickly.

I very much enjoyed reading it and look forward to finding more genome literature in the future.

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