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Science is so cool. That is the recurring thought I had while reading The Genome Odyssey and marveling at the medical and scientific advances that sequencing the human genome has wrought. While I'm very certainly a science layperson, this was written in a very comprehensible way. Each discovery is accompanied by the story of an individual or family who were helped by genome sequencing. Much of this activity has taken place in my lifetime, and reading about the life-changing or saving treatments that many of those profiled in this book were able to receive once the genetic variant was identified was incredible, and truly an example of how quickly science can change. This made the story feel very personal- it's not just dry science, we actually get to read the stories of people who have been impacted by this research and the developments of science that make this possible.