Ideal for anyone with personal concerns about genetic illness or an interest in the latest scientific breakthroughs and their potential impact on people, families, and society, this book explains the advances in genetic research. Now that gene research promises to revolutionize medicine in the 21st century, public interest in genetics has never been greater. The confidentiality of personal genetic information and the regulation of genetic technologies like cloning are hot-button topics increasingly dramatized in the media. This book includes the latest information on the Human Genome Project; a directory of Internet-based genetics resources; advice on when to consider a genetic test; and information on finding local genetics professionals, societies, support groups, and foundations.
Raye Lynn Alford holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics in clinical molecular genetics. Alford has held positions at Roche Biomedical Laboratories and Baylor College of Medicine. She lives in Houston, Texas.