In 2007, The New York Times ran a front-page story about a young woman named Katharine Moser, an early adopter of genetic testing who discovered she inherited a fatal, incurable disease from her mother’s side called Huntington’s disease.
Readers were polarized in their opinions. If you could get tested for a genetic mutation – perhaps even long before you had symptoms – would you do it? If you could know, for certain, that your life would change – would you still want to hear the answer?
Sometimes, that answer finds us even when we aren’t asking the question.