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The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess by Jeff Wheelwright
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Mar 19, 2012

really liked it
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Wheelwright does impressive work tying in several interrelated story lines into an engaging book. The central story is that of Shonnie Medina, a young hispanic woman who dies of breast cancer in southern colorado. She's a carrier for the BRCA mutation that's gotten much publicity in recent years. It turns out that the specific mutation she has only exists in Jews. The author uses that discovery - made in 2003 - to trace the history of the Sephardic Jews, the Spanish inquisition, the settlement of the american southwest and subjugation of the indians up to the more modern history of the region.

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