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Modern medicine is advancing its use of genetics to prevent inheritable diseases, correct genetic defects that lead to disease, and treat or even cure a disease known to have an underlying genetic defect. Thus, medicine is trying to target its treatment to the specific genetic makeup of the individual (personalized medicine) rather than to a population of people.

The intent of this book—and the story embedded in it—is to introduce the reader to genetics. To this end, the author has tried to blend a review of genetics with a fictional story that illustrates several gene functions. Hopefully, it will provide the reader with an entertaining and richly illustrated story that weaves in how genes work, how they interact, and how they affect form and function.