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The Resource Mercies in disguise : a story of hope, a family's genetic destiny, and the science that rescued them, Gina Kolata

Mercies in disguise : a story of hope, a family's genetic destiny, and the science that rescued them, Gina Kolata

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Mercies in disguise : a story of hope, a family's genetic destiny, and the science that rescued them
Title
Mercies in disguise
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a story of hope, a family's genetic destiny, and the science that rescued them
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Gina Kolata
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Language
eng
Summary
"The phone rings. The doctor from California is on the line. "Are you ready Amanda?" The two people Amanda Baxley loves the most had begged her not to be tested-at least, not now. But she had to find out. If your family carried a mutated gene that foretold a brutal illness and you were offered the chance to find out if you'd inherited it, would you do it? Would you walk toward the problem, bravely accepting whatever answer came your way? Or would you avoid the potential bad news as long as possible? In Mercies in Disguise, author Gina Kolata tells the story of the Baxleys, an almost archetypal family in a small town in South Carolina. A proud and determined clan, many of them doctors, they are struck one by one with an inscrutable illness. They finally discover the cause of the disease after a remarkable sequence of events that many saw as providential. Meanwhile, science, progressing for a half a century along a parallel track, had handed the Baxleys a resolution-not a cure, but a blood test that would reveal who had the gene for the disease and who did not. And science would offer another dilemma-fertility specialists had created a way to spare the children through an expensive process. A work of narrative nonfiction in the tradition of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Mercies in Disguise is the story of a family that took matters into its own hands when the medical world abandoned them. It's a story of a family that had to deal with unspeakable tragedy and yet did not allow it to tear them apart. And it is the story of a young woman-Amanda Baxley-who faced the future head on, determined to find a way to disrupt her family's destiny. "--
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1948-
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Kolata, Gina Bari
Dewey number
616/.042
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Medical genetics
  • Genetic disorders
  • Genetic screening
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Mercies in disguise : a story of hope, a family's genetic destiny, and the science that rescued them, Gina Kolata
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 262 pages
Isbn
9781250064349
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (OAUW)243113
  • 258060
Label
Mercies in disguise : a story of hope, a family's genetic destiny, and the science that rescued them, Gina Kolata
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 262 pages
Isbn
9781250064349
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (OAUW)243113
  • 258060

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