28 Feb '13, 4pm

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Getting Personal With Gene Sequencing Associate Editor Eliza Strickland, who has been a science and technology journalist for most of her career, can make a personal case for genetic heritability: Her father is a research scientist, and her mother is a writer. Of course, the genetic basis of personality and behavior is still mysterious, and researchers continue to debate questions of nature versus nurture. In medical science, though, we’re getting closer to real answers. Thanks to breathtaking advances in genetic sequencing, researchers are now finding genetic predispositions to such ailments as cancer and heart disease, and some physicians are offering genetic scans to patients to improve their treatments. In “The Gene Machine and Me,” Strickland focuses on a new sequencing machine that will soon enable researchers to decode an entire human genome—a sequence of 3 billion ...

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