- Year: 2017
- Page Number: 288
- File Type: Epub
- File Size: 0.62 MB
- Authors/ Editiors: Bonnie Rochman
A sharp-eyed exploration of the promise and peril of having children in an age of genetic tests and interventions
Is screening for disease in an embryo a humane form of family planning or a slippery slope toward eugenics? Should doctors tell you that your infant daughter is genetically predisposed to breast cancer? If tests revealed that your toddler has a genetic mutation whose significance isn’t clear, would you want to know?
In The Gene Machine, the award-winning journalist Bonnie Rochman deftly explores these hot-button questions, guiding us through the new frontier of gene technology and how it is transforming medicine, bioethics, health care, and the factors that shape a family. Rochman tells the stories of scientists working to unlock the secrets of the human genome; genetic counselors and spiritual advisers guiding mothers and fathers through life-changing choices; and, of course, parents (including Rochman herself) grappling with revelations that are sometimes joyous, sometimes heartbreaking, but always profound. She navigates the dizzying and constantly expanding array of prenatal and postnatal tests, from carrier screening to genome sequencing, while considering how access to more tests is altering perceptions of disability and changing the conversation about what sort of life is worth living and who draws the line. Along the way, she highlights the most urgent ethical quandary: Is this technology a triumph of modern medicine or a Pandora’s box of possibilities?
“Thoughtful [and] engaging . . . Rochman explores the impact and uncertainty that information relating to an individual’s genetic material may have on his or her life and family . . . Despite the various pitfalls, Ms. Rochman concludes that ‘knowing your genes’ is more beneficial than not.” ―Adrian Woolfson, The Wall Street Journal
“Knowledge is power, and it’s especially empowering when you’re pregnant. But with genetic technology, mining an overwhelming amount of information from the moment of conception (and before!) on, how do parents sort through what they need to know, what might be nice to know, and what they might be better off not knowing about the baby they’ve created or will create? What screens and tests should they opt for―and what is this about sequencing? The Gene Machine provides parents with a clear-eyed explanation of the promise and pitfalls of ever-evolving genetic technologies so that they can make clear-eyed decisions about the unprecedented choices they’ll be facing on their baby-making journey.” ―Heidi Murkoff, bestselling author of the What to Expect When You’re Expecting series
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