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Fatal Flaws Hardcover – May 15 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; 1st Edition edition (May 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443412120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443412124
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #308,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

JAY INGRAM was the host of Discovery Channel Canada’s Daily Planet from the first episode until June 2011. Prior to joining Discovery, Ingram hosted CBC Radio’s national science show Quirks & Quarks. He has received the Sandford Fleming Award from the Royal Canadian Institute, the Royal Society’s McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science and the Michael Smith Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. He is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Alberta, has received five honorary doctorates and is a member of the Order of Canada. He has written twelve books, including Theatre of the Mind and Fatal Flaws.


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About PRIONS and Mad Cow Disease - BSE.
Easy to read and good “layman’s” explanation of virus’s, proteins and how a cell lives and dies, and written in a fascinating “who done it” way with political cover up’s, plus hints on Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders.
Author is a renowned writer, with 5 honorary doctorates etc
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From the subtle pun in the title through the bizarre world of an entirely new kind of infectious agent to the questions about diseases we know and hate Jay Ingram has done it again. His engaging personality shines through, just as it did during his years on CBC''s radio show Quirks and Quarks and his masterful hosting of television's Daily Planet. This master communicator has chosen science as his field. In Fatal Flaws he takes us through a detective story worthy of the most brilliant minds as he explains what prions are and how they came to create so may problems for us humans, our livestock and other animals.

He states, in the opening sentence of this book's chapter 4 "'Don''t read a science textbook if you want to get a sense of how science really works.'

If you want to understand both the science and the impact of diseases like kuru, mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease, and wonder about other conditions like Lou Gehrig's Disease and maybe even Parkinson''s then this is a must read.
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I think it is an excellent book. I have recommended it to others and loaned it to others. One wonders at the complexity of a living body, and is reassured that various 'diseases' are neither communicable nor inherited - they just happen.

Hopefully, research will eventually enable a living animal (human) to eliminate these devastating molecules.
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Fatal Flaws is a fascinating book and good to keep you occupied for considerable periods of time. Could make you a little paranoid though.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa12c7ec4) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f1fd4d4) out of 5 stars The mystery of the prion July 21 2012
By Dr. Jerry Haigh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
From the subtle pun in the title through the bizarre world of an entirely new kind of infectious agent to the questions about diseases we know and hate Jay Ingram has done it again. His engaging personality shines through, just as it did during his years on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's radio show Quirks and Quarks and his masterful hosting of television's Daily Planet. This master communicator has chosen science as his field. In Fatal Flaws he takes us through a detective story worthy of the most brilliant minds as he explains what prions are and how they came to create so may problems for us humans, our livestock and other animals.

He states, in the opening sentence of this book's chapter 4 "Don''t read a science textbook if you want to get a sense of how science really works."

If you want to understand both the science and the impact of diseases like kuru, mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease, and wonder about other conditions like Lou Gehrig's Disease and maybe even Parkinson's then this is a must read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f777720) out of 5 stars Fatal Flaws is a good science read and a signpost at the frontier Aug. 2 2012
By John A. Simms - Published on Amazon.com
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The area of disease causing agents has just become bigger and more threatening as another type of agent has emerged. Prions are proteins with virus like properties. The world wide initiatives on diseases of the brain that have no known causes, including Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's will benefit from the views in this book. Get it, read it and ponder its messages.
Dr. John A. Simms, PhD.
HASH(0xa08b772c) out of 5 stars Great book, too bad about title and Amazon categories Dec 5 2012
By Steve Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent coverage of a serious emerging topic, and is mostly accessible to laymen.

Unfortunately with the title including nothing about the topic - the word "Prion" occurring exactly zero times on the outside of the jacket - and the Amazon categories:
"Health, Fitness & Dieting > Psychology & Counseling"
"Science & Math"
giving little clue as well, I doubt many interested folks will find their way to this great book.


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