By Jonathan Weiner
From Jonathan Weiner, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Beak of the Finch, comes His Brother's Keeper -- the tale of a tender entrepreneur who gambles at the dicy technological know-how of gene remedy to attempt to avoid wasting his brother's life.
Stephen Heywood was once twenty-nine years outdated whilst he discovered that he used to be loss of life of ALS -- Lou Gehrig's ailment. nearly in a single day his older brother, Jamie, grew to become himself right into a genetic engineer in a quixotic race to therapy the incurable. His Brother's Keeper is a robust account in their tale, as they commute jointly to the sting of medicine.
The ebook brings domestic for we all the hopes and fears of the hot biology. during this dramatic and suspenseful narrative, Jonathan Weiner supplies us a amazing portrait of technological know-how and medication at the present time. We know about gene treatment, stem cells, mind vaccines, and different novel remedies for such nerve-death ailments as ALS, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's -- ailments that afflict thousands, and contact the lives of many more.
It seems that the writer has a private stake within the tale to boot. while he met the Heywood brothers, his personal mom was once loss of life of a unprecedented nerve-death affliction. The Heywoods' gene therapist provided to attempt to avoid wasting her, too.
"The Heywoods' tale taught me many stuff concerning the nature of therapeutic within the new millennium," Weiner writes. "They additionally taught me approximately what has now not replaced because the time of the ancients and should by no means switch so long as there are people -- approximately what Lucretius calls ‘the ever-living wound of love.'
"The Heywoods suggest the complete tale to me now: an allegory from the sting of medication. a narrative to make us ask ourselves questions that we have got to invite yet do not need to invite. How a lot of existence will we engineer? How a lot is authorized us?
"What might you do to avoid wasting your brother's life?"