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LONE FRANK was born in 1966. She has a PhD in neurobiology and worked as a research scientist in the US biotech industry before becoming a journalist in 1997. Today she is an award-winning science writer and broadcaster based in Copenhagen. As well as writing for Denmark’s leading newspaper Weekendavisen, she contributes to ScienceNature and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. She is currently launching the ‘Mindfield’ blog for Psychology Today, and co-producing and presenting an English-language documentary on happiness research. Widely sought after as a speaker on science and society, she has been invited to talk at Harvard Medical School, the Library of Congress, the 2009 NeuroLeadership Summit in Los Angeles, London’s Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, TEDx Istanbul and the Sydney Writer’s Festival. She has also appeared on US National Public Radio’s ‘The Leonard Lopate Show’, ‘To The Best of Our Knowledge’ and ‘Radio Lab’ as well as Globosat television. MINDFIELD, her most recent book, was published originally in Danish by Gydendal in 2007 and in English by Oneworld in 2009. 



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Self Discovery in a Brave New World

An excellent look into the postgenomic world – FINANCIAL TIMES


A pin-sharp, lively memoir-cum-investigation... Frank’s discoveries make for some truly tingling moments... Absorbing – MAIL ON SUNDAY


Covers some of the most interesting controversies in biology today… an enthralling read – NEW SCIENTIST


I haven’t seen Lone Frank’s entire genome, but it’s obvious from the first page of My Beautiful Genome that she’s got the SKFF2 gene (Sharp as a Knife and Friggin’ Funny, Too). No decoding needed here: I love this book – Mary Roach, author of STIFF and PACKING FOR MARS


Before I read My Beautiful Genome I could not decide if I would ever get my genome analysed, but now I’m sending in my spit ASAP. Lone Frank is one of the clearest science writers I’ve ever read who not only explains with great clarity the technical twists and turns of the science behind unravelling the double helix but does so in such a page-turning conversational style that once I started on a chapter I couldn’t stop until the end. Read this book – your genetic future may depend on it – Michael Shermer, author of WHY PEOPLE BELIEVE WEIRD THINGS and THE BELIEVING BRAIN


As Lone Frank compellingly argues, the advent of 'personal genomics' promises to be as socially and philosophically transformative in the next twenty years as 'personal computing' was in the last twenty. My Beautiful Genome probes and explores the critical questions and unexpected nuances this new science raises about who exactly we are – as a species, and as individuals – Brian Christian, author of THE MOST HUMAN HUMAN


Provocative, wryly humorous, illuminating, deeply personal – if you want to know more about the world of consumer genetics, into which we appear to be unstoppably heading, this is the book for you – Frank Ryan, author of DARWIN’S BLIND SPOT and METAMORPHOSIS


What can modern genetics tell us about our past, present and future? Is our destiny written in our genes? And if so, how can we read them?


Genomics has hit a tipping point. Today a full genome sequence laying out your six billion DNA building blocks will set you back $10,000 and can be completed in a few months. Companies are now on the march towards reducing the costs to under $1,000. Walgreens, America’s largest drugstore chain, has begun to offer genetic tests to the masses. Within the next decade, all newborns will have their genome mapped and deciphered as a matter of routine.


In MY BEAUTIFUL GENOME, the internationally acclaimed science writer Lone Frank adopts the mantle of an intrepid consumer to look at how this revolution is changing the way in which we view ourselves and live our lives. The possibilities of early detection and prevention of disease are tantalizing, she points out – as are the prospects for personalized drug treatment. What’s more, even characteristics such as personality and temperament are being redefined as subtle variations in our chromosomes. 


From ancestry tracing and genome sequencing to breast-cancer scanning and personality profiling, Lone Frank describes not only the science and the scientists behind the testing but also how it feels to be at the receiving end of all this genetic information – as both consumer and research subject. Drawing on candid interviews and commentary and adding just a touch of self help, she aims to provide the first truly popular account of what this shiny new science means for the average punter. Laconic, witty and irreverent, MY BEAUTIFUL GENOME is set to be the essential sightseer’s guide to our newly revealed genetic terrain.  


Publisher: Oneworld (UK/US)

Publication Date: 1 September 2011 (UK)/16 October 2011 (US)

Length: 320 pages


All rights available excluding:

UK & Commonwealth, US, Denmark (Gyldendal), Germany (Hanser), Netherlands (Maven), Norway (Danor), Russia (Azbooka Atticus), Sweden (Fri Tanke)


How Brain Science is Changing Our World

A fascinating exploration of the most intriguing brain experiments so far this century… Her argument that our brains are far more malleable than we thought has a real resonance [and] her hesitant participation in experiments… along with brutally honest descriptions of the experts add a welcome dose of humour – NEW SCIENTIST

Think that you know yourself? Think again. The coming Neurorevolution will destroy your certainties – but maybe set you free. Arm yourself. Read this book – Armand Leroi, author of MUTANTS and Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology at Imperial College London

Riveting. Lone Frank has selected the most intriguing issues currently engaging scientists and philosophers, and presented them in a way that will engage anyone who possesses the organ she writes about – Rita Carter, author of MAPPING THE MIND and MULTIPLICITY

Does a great job of exploring the impending neurorevolution and sometimes scary consequences of neuro-technology – Professor Susan Blackmore, BBC FOCUS magazine

From religious experience, moral sense and personal choice to subliminal advertising, lie-detection and self-control, the brain has become the focal point for all questions about human nature. Modern neuroscience is now going to the heart of what it means to be human, and beginning to have important social and political repercussions, forcing us to think afresh about who we really are, why we behave as we do and where we are going.

MINDFIELD is the first book to document this coming age of ‘neurocentrism’. In it the award-winning science writer Lone Frank surveys how brain researchers are dissecting everything that makes us human and anchoring all sorts of phenomena we have previously considered incorporeal in soggy biology. She explores the influence these neuroscientific findings are having on society, reveals how this in turn is changing both the structure and the function of our brains, and speculates on what this cognitive revolution means for us all.

Interlacing fascinating accounts of the latest findings with witty and irreverent interviews with leading researchers in their laboratories, MINDFIELD is an exemplary work of popularization that provides nothing short of a comprehensive survey of the frontiers of modern neuroscience.

Publisher: Oneworld (UK/US)*
Pub Date: 1 April 2009
Length: 320 pages

All rights available excluding:
UK & Commonwealth, US, Arabic (Arab Scientific), Denmark (Gyldendal), Netherlands (Maven)


*Issued in paperback in June 2011 as THE NEUROTOURIST: Postcards from the Edge of Brain Science