Genetic Testing Can Tell You a Lot About Yourself—But What If You Don’t Want to Know?
I wanted the most information possible and thought I had nothing to fear. Then my mother began to lose her memory.
Angela Chen is a science journalist at The Verge. Her reporting and essays have also been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Paris Review, Aeon Magazine, Pacific Standard, Smithsonian, Hazlitt, Electric Literature, and more. She is on Twitter: @chengela
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