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Chips, Clones, and Living Beyond 100: How Far Will the Biosciences Take Us?

Chips, Clones, and Living Beyond 100: How Far Will the Biosciences Take Us?
Author: Paul J. H. Schoemaker - Joyce A. Schoemaker
ISBN 13: 9780137153855
ISBN 10: 137153856
Edition: 1
Publisher: FT Press
Publication Date: 2009-09-18
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 240
List Price: $24.99

“A stimulating and exciting look at how we got to the present state of health care and where we can potentially go. A unique perspective and a great read.”

David Lester, Ph.D., President, ITHW Inc.; formerly Director, Human Health Technologies, Pfizer Inc.

“The explosion of new knowledge in the biosciences will raise important challenges for our social, ethical, and economic thinking. The Schoemakers have given us an incredibly useful book to stimulate that thinking. One could not ask for a better guidebook to an exciting if challenging future.”

Professor Arthur L. Caplan, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Hart Professor, University of Pennsylvania

“What a fascinating book! The authors have really mastered all the aspects (social, human, scientific, and business) of the biomedical revolution that is taking place this century. Awesome.”

Giancarlo Barolat,M.D., Director, Barolat Neuroscience, Presbyterian St. Luke Medical Center, Denver; formerly Professor of Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia

“Wonderfully comprehensive, yet still digestible for non-scientists. Wish I had this book when we examined some health care innovation opportunities at GE; it would have provided a great foundation for the team.”

Patia McGrath, Global Director - Innovation and Strategic Connections, Corporate Marketing, General Electric

The key scientific discoveries of the 21st century are coming from the biosciences. These discoveries will impact our lives in ways we can only begin to imagine. Now, two leading experts will help you imagine those impacts—and prepare for them. Paul and Joyce Schoemaker preview the research innovations most likely to emerge in the coming years and reveal what they’re likely to mean for everything from human longevity to the health of society, from bioterrorism to personalized medicine.

Writing for every interested citizen and consumer, the Schoemakers illuminate the hottest technologies and most controversial issues associated with contemporary biotechnology—including stem cells, cloning, pharmacogenetics, DNA chips, proteomics, gene therapy, and much more. Then, drawing on Paul Schoemaker’s unsurpassed experience helping global organizations prepare for the future, the authors sketch multiple long-term scenarios for the biosciences…and reveal how they will impact your health, family, career, and the society you live in.

• How long will you live? How long can you live?

Beyond 100: breakthroughs made, breakthroughs yet to come

• New business opportunities for the age of biosciences

The future of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, disease management, and prevention

• The economics, politics, and technology of the bioscience revolution

What’s driving the biosciences—and what could halt them dead in their tracks

• To 2025 and beyond: powerful scenarios and what they mean

Making sense of the age of biosciences—so you can make better decisions for you and your family

Publishers Weekly

Technology scholar Paul and microbiology researcher Joyce Schoemaker review "the scientific and technological forces that make living beyond 100 possible, as well as the economic, social, and political obstacles that might stand in the way," which they believe "will shape the world between now and the year 2025." This bioscience tour begins with a brief history of medicine, from the discovery of hygiene through the discovery of DNA, to cloning and biotechnology, delving into the biomedicine industry of today and in several visions of the future. In fluid language, the scientists discuss medical advances including gene testing and therapy, medical sensors and devices, and vaccine technologies, emphasizing the components of a successful technology with regard to economics, ethics, regulations, infrastructure, and investment. Uncertainties about the rapidly emerging field's future come up in questions like, "How much do we really want to know about our health, especially when it is unclear how much we can alter it?" This concise, accessible overview will most appeal to those working outside the field, including investors, medical professionals and engineers, as well as those seeking a biomedicine career.
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