Blood Matters

A Journey Along The Genetic Frontier

Masha Gessen

Published: 4 May 2009
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 336 pages
ISBN: 9781847080783


In 2004, genetic testing revealed that Masha Gessen had a mutation that predisposed her to ovarian and breast cancer. As she wrestled with a wrenching personal decision - what to do with such knowledge? - Gessen explored the landscape of this brave new world, speaking with others like her, and with experts including medical researchers, historians and religious thinkers. Blood Matters, a New York Times Notable Book for 2008, is a much needed field guide to this unfa-miliar and unsettling territory, pointing the way towards the radical transfor-mation genetic information is engineering in our sense of who we are and what we might become.

About the author

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Masha Gessen is a journalist who has written for the New York Review of Books and the New Yorker. She is the author of several books, including Blood Matters: A Journey Along the Genetic Frontier and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. Her latest book is The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, published by Granta Books in 2017. More about the author

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