Mapping Fate - A Memoir of Family, Risk, and Genetic Research

ISBN-10: 0520207416
ISBN-13: 9780520207417
Edition: N/A
Authors: Alice Wexler
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Description: In Mapping Fate, Alice Wexler tells the story of a family at risk for a hereditary, incurable, fatal disorder: Huntington's disease, once called Huntington's chorea. That her mother died of the disease, that her own chance of inheriting it was  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/30/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 348
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

In Mapping Fate, Alice Wexler tells the story of a family at risk for a hereditary, incurable, fatal disorder: Huntington's disease, once called Huntington's chorea. That her mother died of the disease, that her own chance of inheriting it was fifty-fifty, that her sister and father directed much of the extraordinary biomedical research to find the gene and a cure, make Wexler's story both astonishingly intimate and scientifically compelling. Alice Wexler's graceful and eloquent account goes beyond the specifics of Huntington's disease to explore the dynamics of family secrets, of living at risk, and the drama and limits of biomedical research. Mapping Fate will be a touchstone for anyone with questions about genetic illness and the possibilites and perils of genetic testing.

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