Blood Matters: From BRCA1 to Designer Babies, How the World and I Found Ourselves in the Future of the Gene

Blood Matters: From BRCA1 to Designer Babies, How the World and I Found Ourselves in the Future of the Gene

by Masha Gessen

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Masha Gessen discovered through genetic testing that she had the dreaded BRCA1 genetic mutation--the same mutation made famous recently by Angelina Jolie, which predisposes women to ovarian and breast cancer. As Gessen wrestled with a wrenching personal decision—what to do with such knowledge—she explored the landscape of a 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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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547427546

  • ISBN-10: 0547427549

  • Pages: 336

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 11/11/2009

  • Carton Quantity: 1

Masha Gessen
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Masha Gessen

MASHA GESSEN is a journalist who has written for Slate, Seed, the New Republic, the New York Times, and other publications, and is the author of numerous books, including The Future is History, which has been nominated for the National Book Award. 
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    "Blood Matters is valuable reading to almost anyone facing a huge health decision, not only for the literary commiseration it offers, but also for the inspired example of medical sleuthing on one's own behalf that it provides. Gessen keeps an inflammatory topic at room temperature, writing elegantly and without self-pity. The book is very funny in places ... It's also very lucid, even when the science gets complex. It's a liberating book. Strange as it sounds, it would make a great Mother's Day present. ... The enduring memory one takes away is Gessen's intelligence and wit as she's staring down the barrel of a gun." —The New York Times

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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547427546

  • ISBN-10: 0547427549

  • Pages: 336

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 11/11/2009

  • Carton Quantity: 1

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