* Mercies in Disguise by Gina Kolata

Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family’s Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them tells the story of a family with an awful genetic disease and its members’ struggle to decide whether to submit to a genetic test that will tell them whether they will die after a slow agony in middle age. It’s not a simple question, and the author does a good job of laying out the layered dilemmas facing the family, but I found the breathless suspense overdone and ultimately a turnoff.

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