The Life Project: The Extraordinary Story of Our Ordinary Lives

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Penguin Books Limited, Feb 25, 2016 - Social Science - 416 pages

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The remarkable story of a unique series of studies that have touched the lives of almost everyone in Britain today

On 3rd March 1946 a survey began that is, today, the longest-running study of human development in the world, growing to encompass six generations of children, 150,000 individuals and some of the best-studied people on the planet. The simple act of observing human life has changed the way we are born, schooled, parent and die, irrevocably altering our understanding of inequality and health. This is the tale of these studies; the scientists who created and sustain them, the remarkable discoveries that have come from them. The envy of scientists around the world, they are one of Britain's best-kept secrets.

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The Life Project: The Extraordinary Story of 70,000 Ordinary Lives

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Britain's National Survey of Health and Development is the longest-running interdisciplinary epidemiological cohort study, tracking individuals from birth through old age. In March 1946, visiting ... Read full review

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Award-winning Nature journalist Pearson chronicles a series of groundbreaking longitudinal, cradle-to-grave birth-cohort studies begun by British scientists in the aftermath of World War II.At a time ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Helen Pearson is a science journalist and editor for the international science journal Nature. She has been writing for Nature since 2001 and her stories have won accolades including the 2010 Wistar Institute Science Journalism Award and two best feature awards from the Association of British Science Writers. Based in London, she has a PhD in genetics and spent eight years with Nature in New York. The Life Project is her first book, and was highly commended at the British Medical Association Book Awards in 2017.

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