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The Family Gene - A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance Into a Hopeful Future

Joselin Linder

When Joselin Linder was in her twenties, her legs started to swell. She thought little of it, until her health problems started to compound in ways that baffled her doctors. Diagnosed with extreme liver blockage and dangerous levels of lymph fluid, Joselin turned to the most similar case she could think of-her father's. Joselin compared the medical chart of her father-who had died of an undiagnosed disease, ten years prior--with that of an uncle who had died under similarly strange circumstances. Delving further into the past, she discovered her that her great grandmother had symptoms like hers, and she recognized that she was dealing with something more than a fluke. Whatever had killed her father, uncle, and great-grandmother was likely genetic, and the clock was ticking for the family members of her own generation. Setting out to build a more complete picture of the disease that haunted her family, she approached Dr. Christine "Kricket" Seidman, the head of a group of world-class genetic researchers at Harvard Medical School and a colleague of her late father's, for help. Dr. Seidman has been attempting the map the faulty gene for seventeen years and has confirmed not only that Joselin's symptoms are genetic, but that Joselin's family is this disease's founder population-a group of people experiencing the baffling symptoms of a brand new mutation. Here, Joselin she tells the story of their gene: the lives it claimed and the future of genetics it foretells. Digging into family records and medical history, interviews with family and friends and her own experiences with Harvard doctors, Joselin pieces together the story of a deadly gene to write a gripping and unforgettable exploration of family, history, love, and mortality. A compelling story of survival and perseverance, THE FAMILY GENE is an important story of a young woman reckoning with her father's death, her own mortality, and her ethical obligations to herself, family, and society.

When Joselin Linder was in her twenties, her legs started to swell. She thought little of it, until her health problems started to compound in ways that baffled her doctors. Diagnosed with extreme liver blockage and dangerous levels of lymph fluid, Joselin turned to the most similar case she could think of-her father's. Joselin compared the medical chart of her father-who had died of an undiagnosed disease, ten years prior--with that of an uncle who had died under similarly strange circumstances. Delving further into the past, she discovered her that her great grandmother had symptoms like hers, and she recognized that she was dealing with something more than a fluke. Whatever had killed her father, uncle, and great-grandmother was likely genetic, and the clock was ticking for the family members of her own generation. Setting out to build a more complete picture of the disease that haunted her family, she approached Dr. Christine "Kricket" Seidman, the head of a group of world-class genetic researchers at Harvard Medical School and a colleague of her late father's, for help. Dr. Seidman has been attempting the map the faulty gene for seventeen years and has confirmed not only that Joselin's symptoms are genetic, but that Joselin's family is this disease's founder population-a group of people experiencing the baffling symptoms of a brand new mutation. Here, Joselin she tells the story of their gene: the lives it claimed and the future of genetics it foretells. Digging into family records and medical history, interviews with family and friends and her own experiences with Harvard doctors, Joselin pieces together the story of a deadly gene to write a gripping and unforgettable exploration of family, history, love, and mortality. A compelling story of survival and perseverance, THE FAMILY GENE is an important story of a young woman reckoning with her father's death, her own mortality, and her ethical obligations to herself, family, and society.
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When Joselin Linder was in her twenties, her legs started to swell. She thought little of it, until her health problems started to compound in ways that baffled her doctors. Diagnosed with extreme liver blockage and dangerous levels of lymph fluid, Joselin turned to the most similar case she could think of-her father's. Joselin compared the medical chart of her father-who had died of an undiagnosed disease, ten years prior--with that of an uncle who had died under similarly strange circumstances. Delving further into the past, she discovered her that her great grandmother had symptoms like hers, and she recognized that she was dealing with something more than a fluke. Whatever had killed her father, uncle, and great-grandmother was likely genetic, and the clock was ticking for the family members of her own generation. Setting out to build a more complete picture of the disease that haunted her family, she approached Dr. Christine "Kricket" Seidman, the head of a group of world-class genetic researchers at Harvard Medical School and a colleague of her late father's, for help. Dr. Seidman has been attempting the map the faulty gene for seventeen years and has confirmed not only that Joselin's symptoms are genetic, but that Joselin's family is this disease's founder population-a group of people experiencing the baffling symptoms of a brand new mutation. Here, Joselin she tells the story of their gene: the lives it claimed and the future of genetics it foretells. Digging into family records and medical history, interviews with family and friends and her own experiences with Harvard doctors, Joselin pieces together the story of a deadly gene to write a gripping and unforgettable exploration of family, history, love, and mortality. A compelling story of survival and perseverance, THE FAMILY GENE is an important story of a young woman reckoning with her father's death, her own mortality, and her ethical obligations to herself, family, and society.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Khristine Hvam

Length:

7h 18m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:40

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

15:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

10:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

16:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

22:04


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

13:56


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:08


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

18:47


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

11:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:41


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

12:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

12:17


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

19:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

10:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

12:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

19:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

10:47


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

16:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

10:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

00:36