BookBrowse Reviews Mercies in Disguise by Gina Kolata

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Mercies in Disguise

A Story of Hope, a Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them

by Gina Kolata

Mercies in Disguise by Gina Kolata
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    Mar 2017, 272 pages

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Mercies in Disguise is a page-turning medical mystery involving the identification of a rare genetic disease and its impact on one family.

All 38 Bookbrowse readers who reviewed the book gave it either four or five stars for a total overall rating of 4.7.

What would you do if you knew that a genetically-transmitted, debilitating neuromuscular disease was lurking in your family and you had the opportunity to undergo testing to discover if the gene resided inside you? And if you learned that you carried the gene, what accommodations would you make to your life in preparation for what lies in your future? In Mercies in Disguise, Gina Kolata tells the story of an endearing family who faces the consequences of such decisions (Maribeth R). Science and family intersect through Amanda Baxley who has lost her grandfather to the disease and is watching her father and uncle succumb. She must decide whether she wants to know her future and if so, will she risk passing on the disorder to her hypothetical unborn children? ...

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