Almost daily, headlines announce newly discovered links between cancers and their genetic causes. Science journalist Jessica Wapner vividly relates the backstory behind those headlines, reconstructing the crucial breakthroughs, explaining the science behind them, and giving due to the dozens of researchers, doctors, and patients whose curiosity and determination restored the promise of a future to the more than 50,000 people diagnosed each year with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). It is an astonishing tale that will provide victims of other cancers and their loved ones realistic hope that cures may yet be found in their lifetimes.
The Philadelphia Chromosome charts the milestones that led to present-day cancer treatment and tells the inspiring story of the dedicated men and women who, working individually and in concert, have sought to plum the mysteries of the human genome in order to conquer those deadly and most feared diseases called cancer.
About the Author
HEATHER HENDERSON has brought her authentic, resonant voice and a full cast of characters (from a Scots nanny to a Fargo housewife) to hundreds of projects during her 20-year career. She earned her doctorate at the Yale School of Drama, and her credits include production dramaturgy on the world premiere of August Wilson’s Fences. She has published arts features and reviews in newspapers across the U.S. and has won awards for poetry and screenwriting. What seems to impress people most, though, is that she was an extra in Animal House.
“[Wapner’s] gracefully written history skillfully combines both the science and humanity of this fascinating search for a cure for chronic myeloid leukemia.”
“An absorbing, complex medical detective story.”
“A refreshingly balanced view of the topic. . . . An excellent book for those who want to learn more about how medical discoveries are made and those interested in recent medical history.”
“Henderson’s deep, warm voice weaves the different elements of this story—technical jargon, anecdotes, interviews, and historical details—into a coherent listening experience that extends the book’s value.”
“Narrator Heather Henderson conveys Wapner’s fluid prose with a calm yet dynamic delivery. . . . Recommended for all listeners.”
—Library Journal [starred review]