Personal Genomics

This list of topical resources is collated and maintained by the Bioethics Research Library of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, as part of a growing collection intended to help beginning scholars and researchers explore bioethics.


Selected Titles in Personal Genomics from the Bioethics Research Library

Andreasen, Nancy C. Brave New Brain: Conquering Mental Illness in the Age of the Genome. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Boddington, Paula. Ethical Challenges in Genomics Research: A Guide to Understanding Ethics in Context. Heidelberg: Springer, 2012.

Boesky, Amy, ed. The Story Within: Personal Essays on Genetics and Identity. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Chakravarti, Aravinda, ed. Human Variation: A Genetic Perspective on Diversity, Race, and Medicine. New York: Cold Spring Harbor, 2014.

Dudley, Joel T.; Karczewski, Konrad J. Exploring Personal Genomics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Fallon, James. The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain. New York: Penguin Random House, 2013.

Farah, Martha J. , ed. Neuroethics: An Introduction with Readings. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2010.

Gibbon, Sahra; Joseph, Galen; Mozersky, Jessica; zur Nieden, Andrea; Palfner, Sonja, eds. Breast Cancer Gene Research and Medical Practices: Transnational Perspectives in the Time of BRCA. New York: Routledge, 2014.

Harman, Charles E. The Diagnosis and Stigma of Schizophrenia. Brookings, OR: Old Court Press, 2003.

Hongladarom, Soraj, ed. Genomics and Bioethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Technologies, and Advancements. Hershey, PA: Medical Information Science, 2011.

Joseph, Jay. The Missing Gene: Psychiatry, Heredity, and the Fruitless Search for Genes. New York: Algora Publishing, 2006.

Kenneally, Christine. The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures. New York: Viking Penguin, 2014.

Khoury, Muin J., et al., eds. Human Genome Epidemiology: Building the Evidence for Using Genetic to Improve Health and Prevent Disease, 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Krimsky, Sheldon; Gruber, Jeremy. Genetic Explanations: Sense and Nonsense. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013.

Lock, Margaret. The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.

Murray, Michael F.; Babyatsky, Mark W.; Giovanni, Monica A., eds. Clinical Genomics: Practical Applications in Adult Patient Care. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2014.

Post, Stephen G. The Moral Challenges of Alzheimer Disease: Ethical Issues from Diagnosis to Dying, 2nd ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

Rees, Dai; Rose, Steven, eds. The New Brain Sciences: Perils and Prospects. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Reilly, Philip. Is It In Your Genes?: The Influence of Genes on Common Disorders and Diseases That Affect You and Your Family. Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2004.

Rothenberg, Karen H.; Bush, Lynn Wein. The Drama of DNA: Narrative Genomics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Stark, Lizzie. Pandora’s DNA: Tracing the Breast Cancer Genes through History, Science, and One Family Tree. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2014.

Wells, Spencer. Pandora’s Seed: Why the Hunter-Gatherer Holds the Key to Our Survival. New York: Random House, 2010.

Wells, Spencer. Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2007.

Wells, Spencer. The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2002.