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Reading Jewish Books

Thursday, January 25, 2018 • 9 Shevat 5778

12:30 PM - 2:00 PMJCC

We will be reading The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future by Joselin Linder.

Lunch available - $10, by reservation.
 
When Columbus native, Joselin Linder, was in her 20s, her legs suddenly started to swell. After years of misdiagnoses, doctors discovered a deadly blockage in her liver. Struggling to find an explanation for her unusual condition, Joselin compared the medical chart of her father  - who had died from a mysterious disease ten years prior - with that of an uncle who had died under similarly strange circumstances. Delving further into the past, she discovered that her great-grandmother had displayed symptoms similar to her before her death. Clearly, this was more than a fluke.
 
Setting out to build a more complete picture of the illness that haunted her family, Joselin approached Dr. Christime Seidman, the head of a group of world-class genetic researchers at Harvard Medical School, for help. Dr. Seidman had been working on her family's case for 20 years and had finally confirmed that 14 of Joselin's relatives carried something called a private mutation -- meaning that they were the first known people to experience the baffling symptoms of a brand new genetic mutation. Joselin tells the story of their gene: the lives it claimed and the future of genomic medicine with the potential to save those that remain.
 
"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 and those closest to her.
 
RSVP to Elaine Tenenbaum, ettenenbaum@gmail.com, or Cheryl Dritz, cdritz@columbusjcc.org

 

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