Gene Hunter: The Story of Neuropsychologist Nancy Wexler

Gene Hunter: The Story of Neuropsychologist Nancy Wexler

by Adele Glimm
     
 

Nancy Wexler is a hunter. Her quarry is the gene responsible for a fatal, inherited sickness called Huntington’s disease. Nancy’s work is a breathtaking race against time—not only for others but maybe for herself, as well. Nancy Wexler is the daughter of a Huntington’s patient and is at risk for this disease. Finding this gene is a vital step… See more details below

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Nancy Wexler is a hunter. Her quarry is the gene responsible for a fatal, inherited sickness called Huntington’s disease. Nancy’s work is a breathtaking race against time—not only for others but maybe for herself, as well. Nancy Wexler is the daughter of a Huntington’s patient and is at risk for this disease. Finding this gene is a vital step toward preventing or curing Huntington’s and thus saving lives. Nancy’s work takes her all over the world, specifically to small villages in Venezuela where the mysterious gene affects more people than anywhere else on the globe. Blood samples generously donated by the villagers hold the clues to discovering the gene. Hunter, detective, scientist— Nancy is all these, plus a friend to people everywhere who are affected by Huntington’s and other diseases of the brain. Gene Hunter is the powerful story of a courageous and dedicated woman whose passion for science is both personally and intellectually satisfying. Author Adele Glimm draws on firsthand accounts from Nancy and her friends, family, and colleagues to tell us how a curious, strongminded

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School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-These three titles mix personal information about the woman with scientific skills and information related to her field. Fact boxes go into greater detail about terms such as "greenhouse gases" or "genes." Each volume is filled with full-color photographs of the subject and her work. Students will be comfortable with the style of these books, and the easy reading level makes them accessible for even nonscience-oriented students.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309095587
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
12/31/2006
Series:
Women's Adventures in Science Ser.
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

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