Ancestry, Family, History, and Genetics Collide in New Book on 'Wandering' Genes | GenomeWeb

In 1999, a young Hispano woman named Shonnie Medina died of breast cancer. Despite her family being of Spanish and American Indian ancestry, Medina was found to have a breast cancer mutation — BRCA1.185delAG — characteristic of Jewish ancestry. The story that follows the discovery, as well as its implications, is told in science writer and editor Jeff Wheelwright's new book, The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess: Race, Religion, and DNA.

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