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Beschreibung

Bestselling author David Ewing Duncan takes the ultimate high-tech medical exam, investigating the future impact of what's hidden deep inside all of us

David Ewing Duncan takes "guinea pig" journalism to the cutting edge of science, building on award-winning articles he wrote for Wired and National Geographic, in which he was tested for hundreds of chemicals and genes associated with disease, emotions, and other traits. Expanding on these tests, he examines his genes, environment, brain, and body, exploring what they reveal about his and his family's future health, traits, and ancestry, as well as the profound impact of this new self-knowledge on what it means to be human.

David Ewing Duncan (San Francisco, CA) is the Chief Correspondent of public radio's Biotech Nation and a frequent commentator on NPR's Morning Edition. He is a contributing editor to Portfolio, Discover, and Wired and a columnist for Portfolio. His books include the international bestseller Calendar: Humanity's Epic Struggle to Determine a True and Accurate Year (978-0-380-79324-2). He is a former special producer and correspondent for ABC's Nightline, and appears regularly on CNN and programs such as Today and Good Morning America.

Autorentext
DAVID EWING DUNCAN is the Chief Correspondent on public radio's Biotech Nation and a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition. He's a contributing editor and columnist for Condé Nast Portfolio, and a former contributing editor for Discover and Wired. He was a freelance producer and correspondent for ABC's Nightline and a correspondent with NOVA. He has written for National Geographic, Fortune, the Atlantic, Harper's, and many others. He's the author of several books, including Calendar, an international bestseller published in 19 languages. He is the Director of the Center for Life Science Policy at UC Berkeley and is a sought-after speaker. He has won numerous awards, including an AAAS Science Journalism Award.

Klappentext
"David Ewing Duncan takes us on a deep, exhilarating dive into the hidden worlds of being human; both an erudite guide and an amazingly willing lab rat, Duncan has written a book that looks inward and outward at the same time: inward to the mysteries of the self, and outward to the horizon of our species' extraordinary, and sometimes alarming, future." — Steven Johnson author of The Invention of Air

"Experimental is one of those rare books that, as soon as you pick it up, you say to yourself, why didn't I think of that? David Ewing Duncan has come up with a simple but elegant conceit that yields a rich trove of information and insight about how we live now." — Michael Pollan author of The Omnivore's Dilemma

"Twenty years from now, David Duncan's pioneering grand experiment will become commonplace. Duncan is measuring how both genes and environmental chemicals affect our health by testing his own body. His self-experiment will inform, guide, and inspire the millions who will follow him in the great quest for truly personalized medicine. It's not often you get to read a book mailed back from the future, but the one you hold is just that: news from the year 2029." — Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick at Wired and author of New Rules for the New Economy

"David Ewing Duncan may be the most thoroughly tested healthy human on the planet. He hits the mark with this bold journey into the emerging era of high-tech genomics and medicine for healthy people. After having his body poked and probed in every way, he pulls no punches in separating hype from reality, describing what this new knowledge has (and has not) meant for him, and conveying how these developments will reshape the way we see ourselves. Experimental Man is brilliant, provocative, timely . . . and a wonderful read." — Gregory Stock, PhD, author of Redesigning Humans

"Experimental Man dares to ask 'Who am I?' in a way it's never been asked before. In that sense, it will change the way we construct the story of our self, blending biological diagnostics in with the now-familiar prisms of personal history and psychology. Through this new lens, we are all a Frankenstein." — Po Bronson, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller What Should I Do with My Life?

Inhalt
Experimental Man Index.

Introduction.

A fish and mercury story.

Your host.

Checkup with my internist (the plan and three rules).

1. GENES.

Not a genetic virgin.

Predicting the future.

I’m doomed. Or not.

A tale of two brothers.

My gene pool (mother, father, brother and daughter).

Rollo the Viking and me.

My dinosaur DNA.

You show me yours, I’ll show you mine.

Genes-‘r’ us.

Ready for prime time?

2. ENVIRONMENT.

Light my fire.

Three-thousand-mile trail of blood.

Idyllic childhood in Kansas, except for the toxic waste dump.

Hotspot on the Hudson.

Whose body burden?

Do my genes protect me?

Immortal cells bathed in mercury.

The rise of envirogenetics.

3. BRAIN.

The incredible shrinking brain.

Remembering the moon over the mountain, forget the blonde.

A brain half my age.

High anxiety and the saber-toothed editor.

Does my brain believe in God?

Greed, gambling, and why my brain loves Dodgeball, the movie.

Building a new superbrain.

Meta-neuroscience and the elusive whole.

4. BODY.

Prediction: Heart attack in 2017?

Raging Lipids.

Bumps on my kidneys. …oh no!

Life at 122 (the gene that regulates forever).

Epilogue: Eternity.

Experimental Children.

Acknowledgments.

Notes.

Glossary.

Experimental Man Online.

Index.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Experimental Man
Untertitel: What One Man's Body Reveals about His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World
Autor:
EAN: 9781118031643
ISBN: 978-1-118-03164-3
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Turner Publishing Company
Genre: Medizin
Anzahl Seiten: 384
Veröffentlichung: 17.11.2010
Jahr: 2010
Auflage: 1. Auflage
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 3.4 MB