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BOOK REVIEW: My Beautiful Genome: Exposing Our Genetic Future, One Quirk at a Time by Lone Frank

Review by Tina Hesman Saey

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11:14am, January 13, 2012

Personal genomes, compendiums of a person’s entire genetic makeup, are all the rage. Scientists have deciphered the genetic blueprints of thousands of people, with many more to come. And with the completion of these genetic instruction books, narratives about the genomic revolution have not been far behind.

Danish science writer Frank’s offering is one of the most readable and fascinating of the bunch. Frank guides readers through various ways genetic information is being used. She explores her own genes, uncovering genetic quirks along the way. She ponders the use of genetic information to reveal ancestry and attempts to answer her own questions about why human beings are entranced by their biological origins.

Frank gives us a glimpse of her medical future as predicted by small variations in the composition of chemical letters within her genome. And yet this self

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