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The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful… (edition 2017)

by Joselin Linder (Author)

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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.… (more)
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Title:The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future
Authors:Joselin Linder (Author)
Info:Ecco (2017), Edition: 1st Edition, 272 pages
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The Family Gene by Joselin Linder is everything I wish for in a medically-oriented memoir. Linder blends the science of genetics deftly with her own family’s story. It was so compelling that I flew through the book in just a day or so.

When Joselin is just fifteen, she and her family begin to watch her father die a slow, painful and frankly horrific death. He literally never received a diagnosis for this fatal disease. The family begins to realize that his condition was very similar to two other members of his family, now also deceased. Then his brother dies. Sounds overwhelmingly sad, doesn’t it?

Full review at http://thebibliophage.com/book-review-family-gene-joselin-linder/ ( )
  TheBibliophage | Mar 20, 2018 |
fascinating theme, a family with a new genetic disease but very poorly written ( )
  Janientrelac | Nov 21, 2017 |
Fascinating book by author who inherited fatal gene causing death in the past 3 generations, including her father. Linder's father's illness (for which there was no diagnosis) caught the attention of a genetic researcher at Harvard. Dr. Seidman subsequently spent 20 years (and still counting) and finally discovered a private mutation that some family members inherit while others do not. Joselin Linder is very frank about the difficult challenges, including whether to have children or not (and pass the gene to another generation). She confronts this with more optimism and zest then I can imagine doing in the same situation. ( )
  bogopea | Apr 16, 2017 |
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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.

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