Mapping Fate by Alice R. Wexler
: A Family at Risk Confronts a Fatal Disease

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Wexler tells two stories, the one of her family's emotional odyssey after her mother was diagnosed with Huntington's disease, and the relentless efforts to find the gene and a cure, and the news that she had a 50/50 chance of getting it also. This book comes from her unique position of being both reporter of how scientists sought a cure and someone who could be saved by it.

About Alice R. Wexler

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Alice Wexler is affiliated with the Center for the Study of Women at University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of "Emma Goldman in America" (1984) and "Emma Goldman in Exile" (1989).
Published January 1, 1995 by NY: Times Books/Random House. 294 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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While Wexler's father organized the Hereditary Disease Foundation to support Huntington's research, and her sister became a researcher, Wexler felt shame over her failure to get as actively involved.

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Memoir of a family living under the shadow of the genetically transmitted Huntington's disease, two of whose members become prominent researchers in the quest for a cure.

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This remarkable book interweaves a family memoir with the story of the scientific quest for the gene for Huntington's disease.

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