A blend of science and story, The Gene Machine is a sharp-eyed exploration of the promise and peril of having children in an age of genetic tests and interventions. Told through the stories of parents and children, physicians and scientists, the entire book is of interest to a wide range of people interested in how science is changing reproduction. Two chapters in particular are of specific interest to the Jewish community: one traces the history of carrier screening and spins the dramatic narrative of the family and physician, both Jewish, who inspired the test for Tay-Sachs disease. It also highlights the singular mission of a rabbi who refuses to marry Jewish couples until they have had genetic testing. The other chapter tells the story of the first woman in the U.S. to conceive a child using preimplantation genetic diagnosis to avoid passing on her BRCA gene mutation, which raises the risk of breast cancer and is more common among Ashkenazi Jews.
The Gene Machine
- From the Publisher
May 16, 2017
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