Blood Matters: From Inherited Illness to Designer Babies, How the World and I Found Ourselves in the Future of the Gene. Masha Gessen. Review: Blood Matters: A Journey Along the Genetic Frontier by Masha GessenHilary Rose finds hope and caution in a thoughtful survey of. Aged 37, a seemingly healthy Masha Gessen is advised to cut off her breasts and remove her ovaries. Living in the shadow of her mother’s.

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This is not a book that you can cuddle up with in bed. She raises questions I had never thought of, but will probably have to deal with in my lifetime. Want to Read saving…. Without being sordid nor miserabilist she tells jatters doubt and fears should she accept an oophorectomy? It is not that she doesn’t mention the setbacks and the partial recoveries, but the gessn is strong – and who with any feeling for such children and their families wouldn’t hope?

Neither she nor the mother felt any ethical qualms.

Blood Matters: A Journey Along the Genetic Frontier by Masha Gessen

As this is a memoir and a layman’s introduction to genetics and the human genome, I am reminded fondly of Laura Gould’s book on calico genetics, Cats Are Not Peas. Open Preview See a Problem? Refresh and try again. There was a problem adding your email address.

Masha Gessen is a journalist of Ashkenazi jewish ancestry with a BRCA gene mutation that meant she watched her mother mattees of cancer and her statistical probability of getting ovarian or breast cancer was quite high.


Blood Matters is broken into three masga Aug 31, Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves: Blood Matters is a thin volume packed with information on recent advances in the science of genetics told in a very personal manner.

Return to Book Page. I wish Gessen had more to say about PGD and the reproductive politics surrounding these issues, though.

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M asha Gessen has chosen a shrewd title for her book. Trivia About Blood Matters: Then, just mashaa she seems to be embracing this all too uncritically, she pauses and reflects. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Essentially there are only 2 books written by women who’ve tested positive for BRCA gene mutation: Lisa rated it really liked it Feb 04, The arrival of stem cell research, with its promise to innovate regenerative mxtters, has led to a new wave of hope.

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I really enjoyed this book because the author tells an compelling story about her own journey with genetic testing but there is a lot of science and interviews to back up her opinions. Lists with This Book.

Credit Gessen with absorbing gobs of information, but this is a case in which a little learning may be a dangerous thing—for the author and her readers.

She focuses on her own struggle to decide whether to have her breasts and ovaries removed after she tests positive for a gene that indicates she is likely to develop either breast or ovarian cancer. Apr 30, Gina Elle rated it liked it.


Lincoln rated it really liked gesssn. I found this book fascinating and well written. Rose rated it really liked it May 18, I was afraid the book would be nothing more than a gnashing of teeth and self pity.

Sep 08, Josie rated it liked it.

It might be too broad and confusing at times but, straightforward, it’s always relevant. Jul 11, K. Gessen is compelling though; I guess I wanted it to be more memoir and less research. At time, Gessen writes things from a viewpoint that I didn’t agree with.

Blood Matters by Masha Gessen

Author discovers she has inherited geszen defective gene common in her Jewish ancestors. What did this mean for the rest of her family? Dec 11, Danielle rated it really liked it. In the first, Gessen describes her family’s challenges with their inherited diseases, and inquires how these hereditary diseases get passed down in the first place. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to msaha. This book was so good, it hurt my head.