From Inherited Illness to Designer Babies, How the World and I Found Ourselves in the Future of the GeneBook - 2008
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.
Baker & Taylor
Describes how advanced genetic testing led to the author's discovery that she was predisposed to ovarian and breast cancer and examines how genetic data shapes the decisions people make and their personal sense of identity.
The author describes her discovery, thanks to advanced genetic testing, that she possessed a mutation that predisposed her to ovarian and breast cancer, and her wrenching struggle over what to do with this information, drawing on contributions from medical researchers, religious thinkers, and historians to examine how genetic data is shaping the decisions we make and our personal sense of identity.