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Blood Matters: From Inherited Illness to Designer Babies, How the World and I Found Ourselves in the Future of the Gene / Edition 1
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Blood Matters: From Inherited Illness to Designer Babies, How the World and I Found Ourselves in the Future of the Gene / Edition 1

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by Masha Gessen
 

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ISBN-10: 0151013624

ISBN-13: 9780151013623

Pub. Date: 04/01/2008

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In 2004 genetic testing revealed that Masha Gessen had a mutation that predisposed her to ovarian and breast cancer. The discovery initiated Gessen into a club of sorts: the small (but exponentially expanding) group of people in possession of a new and different way of knowing themselves through what is inscribed in the strands of their DNA. As she wrestled

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In 2004 genetic testing revealed that Masha Gessen had a mutation that predisposed her to ovarian and breast cancer. The discovery initiated Gessen into a club of sorts: the small (but exponentially expanding) group of people in possession of a new and different way of knowing themselves through what is inscribed in the strands of their DNA. As she wrestled with a wrenching personal decision—what to do with such knowledge—Gessen explored the landscape of this brave new world, speaking with others like her and with experts including medical researchers, historians, and religious thinkers.

Blood Matters is a much-needed field guide to this unfamiliar and unsettling territory. It explores the way genetic information is shaping the decisions we make, not only about our physical and emotional health but about whom we marry, the children we bear, even the personality traits we long to have. And it helps us come to terms with the radical transformation that genetic information is engineering in our most basic sense of who we are and what we might become.

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ISBN-13:
9780151013623
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

part 1: the past

1 My Mother’s Fatal Flaw 3

2 The Four Mothers of Jews 15

3 The Post-Nazi Era 57

part 2: the present

4 Indecision 71

5 A Decision at Any Cost 78

6 The Father of Hereditary Cancers 117

7 The Cruelest Disease 139

8 The Science of Matchmaking 166

9 The Operation 191

part 3: the future

10 The Future the Old-Fashioned Way 199

11 Biobabble 238

12 What We Fear Most 264

Acknowledgments 283

Glossary of Key Terms 285

Notes on Sources 289

Index 309

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