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Book Title: Pandora's DNA: Tracing the Breast Cancer Genes Through History, Science, and One Family Tree|
The author of the book: Lizzie Stark
ISBN 13: 9781613748602
Edition: Chicago Review Press
Date of issue: October 2014
Format files: PDF
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2015 ALA Notable Book
Would you cut out your healthy breasts and ovaries if you thought it might save your life? That’s not a theoretical question for journalist Lizzie Stark’s relatives, who grapple with the horrific legacy of cancer built into the family DNA, a BRCA mutation that has robbed most of her female relatives of breasts, ovaries, peace of mind, or life itself. In Pandora’s DNA, Stark uses her family’s experience to frame a larger story about the so-called breast cancer genes, exploring the morass of legal quandaries, scientific developments, medical breakthroughs, and ethical concerns that surround the BRCA mutations, from the troubling history of prophylactic surgery and the storied origins of the boob job to the landmark lawsuit against Myriad Genetics, which held patents on the BRCA genes every human carries in their body until the Supreme Court overturned them in 2013. Although a genetic test for cancer risk may sound like the height of scientific development, the treatment remains crude and barbaric. Through her own experience, Stark shows what it’s like to live in a brave new world where gazing into a crystal ball of genetics has many unintended consequences.
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Read information about the authorLizzie Stark is the author of the forthcoming Pandora's DNA , which combines the history and science of the so-called breast cancer genes with personal memoir and family research. Her first book, Leaving Mundania, is a narrative nonfiction account of the hobby of larp.
Lizzie holds a masters' degree in journalism from Columbia University and one in in fiction writing from Emerson College. Her writing has appeared on The Today Show website, io9.com, the Daily Beast, Psychology Today, and elsewhere.
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