Every Genome Tells a Story: Do you want to know yours?
DNA is like no other molecule, a trove of genetic secrets about your past, your present and your future. Decoding it will soon cost less than a pair of designer shoes, and everyone — doctors, employers, insurance companies, identity thieves and yes, even marketers – may want to peek into yours. But do you? With genetic science still in its infancy, how much ambiguity can you live with, how much anxiety? And how much would you share, even with family members, who also share your DNA? Carolyn Abraham takes a provocative look at the potential and perils of the genomic age ahead.
Who’s Your Daddy? : How DNA Tests can Shake the Family Tree
Tens of thousands of people now use DNA tests to investigate their genealogy, a subject that rivals pornography as one of the most popular on the internet. But as Carolyn learned during a decade of research, DNA may be a powerful portal to the past, but also a dangerous one. As she used genetic tests to solve the mysteries of her own family history, a journey chronicled in her bestseller The Juggler’s Children, Carolyn confronted ugly ethical quandaries but also beautiful lessons for us all. Hear about the story behind the story The Globe and Mail called, “riveting…not just because of its superb writing and suspenseful storyline, but because, in the end, it’s not just about her, it’s about us.”
The Immortal Afterlife of Einstein’s Brain
It’s been the stuff of urban legends, poems, rock songs and science fiction. But the truth is stranger still. For nearly sixty years, the pickled brain of Albert Einstein has roamed the world, travelling by mail, in a mayonnaise jar, sloshing over the border in car trunks, stored under a beer cooler, tucked away in refrigerators, basements, attics and Tupperware. Its itinerant afterlife owes everything to a single man — a thief some say, who stole the brain of one of the world’s greatest minds and got away with it. How did it happen? How did the brain of the Nobel laureate physicist who reshaped our views of space time and the universe somehow slip off the grid? After two years of exclusive interviews with the man who took – and kept – Einstein’s brain, Carolyn discovered the true story is less a crime saga than a bizarre tale about our celebrity-obsessed culture and its endless fascination with genius.