Gina Kolata on her book Mercies in Disguise.

Gina Kolata on Her Book About a Deeply Mysterious Disease

Gina Kolata on Her Book About a Deeply Mysterious Disease

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 1 2017 7:34 PM

Facing Your Genetic Destiny

New York Times science reporter Gina Kolata looks at a mysterious disease and the diagnosis that almost tore a family apart.  

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Amanda Baxley with her father.

Gina Kolata

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The Baxley family was cursed with a horrible disease—something like mad cow, but for human beings. The younger members of the family might have the disease, and there’s a test that would tell them definitively. But knowing for sure could screw up their whole family relationship. In her book Mercies in Disguise, author Gina Kolata explores the family’s incredibly painful decision. Kolata is a science reporter for the New York Times.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.