The Family Gene

The Family Gene

A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance Into A Hopeful Future

eBook - 2017
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A riveting medical mystery about a young woman's quest to uncover the truth about her likely fatal genetic disorder that opens a window onto the exploding field of genomic medicine.--
After years of misdiagnoses, doctors discovered a deadly blockage in Linder's liver. Comparing medical charts with father, an uncle, and her great-grandmother, she discovered symptoms similar to hers before their deaths. She approached Dr. Christine Seidman, the head of a group of world-class genetic researchers at Harvard Medical School, who discovered that fourteen relatives carried something called a private mutation-- meaning that they were the first known people to experience the baffling symptoms of a brand new genetic mutation. Linder pieces together the lineage of this deadly gene to write a gripping and unforgettable exploration of family, history, and love.--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublsihers,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780062378927
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Nov 19, 2017

Great read. A very compelling story and hard to put down. I even learned a little more about genetics. Her story gives an idea of what happens with orphan diseases. I would guess that her story isn't typical in that her father was a doctor with helpful connections in the medical community.

The life of Henrietta Lacks makes for interesting contrast to this story and vice versa. If you like medical tye stories I would recommend author Dr. Brian Goldman. I would also recommend Brain on Fire by Susannah Callahan. There are also a couple of great books about the Plasticity of the Brain written by a Canadian Dr.

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