Fascinating look at the human genome

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This book was 100% fascinating!

This isn't usually a book I'd pick up, but I'm glad I did. There is a lot of medical jargon to wade through (if you're unfamiliar with it) but it was so interesting. Once I really got into the book and started reading the case studies I just couldn't put it down, and found myself sharing pieces of the book with my husband as I was reading.

Cracking the genome's code is basically medical detective work, and this book talks about rare diseases (in this case, rare means one in 15!), genetic mutations that happen, and how incredibly difficult it is to analyze a whole genome. The book not only contains case studies, and explains the work that has been done, but also looks to the future and outlines why you can't get your doctor to analyze your own genome (yet) to look for potential issues. It gave me a whole new insight to what makes us who we are physically and medically-speaking.