The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future

The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future

A riveting medical mystery about a young woman’s quest to uncover the truth about her likely fatal genetic disorder that opens a window onto the exploding field of genomic medicineWhen Joselin Linder was in her twenties her legs suddenly started to swell. After years of misdiagnoses, doctors discovered a deadly blockage in her liver. Struggling to find  an explanation for...

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Title:The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future
Author:Joselin Linder
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ISBN:0062378899
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages

The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future Reviews

  • Jessica
    Feb 26, 2017
    When Joselin Linder was a teenager in the late 80s, her father grew ill. His symptoms—primarily, that his body was swelling and his lungs were filling with fluid leaking out of his lymphatic system—confounded doctors, as they didn't seem to align with any known condition. There seemed to b...
  • Marika
    Jan 02, 2017
    A compelling medical mystery that involves a faulty gene that is inherited. The author's legs began to swell when she was in her early 20's and the medical profession was stumped as to the cause. So began Joselin's journey to decipher what is truly going on. She begins by reviewing her father's medi...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Mar 12, 2017
    (3.5) My eye was drawn to The Family Gene because of the medical mystery aspect: 14 members of Linder’s Ashkenazi Jewish family are the only known exemplars of their particular genetic disease, so rare it doesn’t have a name or surefire treatment protocol, but now at least has a location o...
  • Jessica Mannion
    Apr 08, 2017
    Joselin Linder's “The Family Gene” is the incredibly moving story of one woman's quest to understand the deadly genetic disease that has plagued her family for several generations. But, in spite of its tragic subject-matter, this book is ultimately about hope. As a writer, reporter, and se...
  • Cynthia
    Mar 07, 2017
    Very interesting and well written! I love medical-mystery nonfiction!...
  • Lynn
    Apr 01, 2017
    Some of Joselin Linder's family members suffer from extreme swelling in their arms and legs. Some have even died of the condition, having essentially been suffocated by the excessive build up of lymphatic fluid. Why are some spared from the condition at all, some only experience the swelling and som...
  • Jill Meyer
    Mar 14, 2017
    Joselin Linder's book, "The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future", is a combination science book and coming of age story. Now in her mid-30's, Joselin has seen several members of her father's family - including her father - die from an untreatable disease that a...
  • Alleene
    Mar 19, 2017
    I used to work in a genetics lab, so I found this book fascinating!...
  • Carrie
    Mar 24, 2017
    I went to high school with Joselin and had no idea that she was going through so much. It was incredible to learn about what she and her family have been going through. I hope that a cure will be found!...
  • Casey
    Mar 24, 2017
    Very interesting. Got a little bogged down with medical jargon....