"We need genetic information now to make the best decisions and live a better life. And even more urgent, we need better treatments that ultimately will be developed using genetic information." As a child, Dr. Nancy Wexler lost his mother who suffered from the (EF), a genetic condition that affects the brain. In late 1970, it was suggested that finding a cure, Dr. Nancy Wexler knew that she and her sister Alice had a 50% chance of developing it in a few years. The specialists told never to find the gene he wanted, he had lost before you start, it was better to live in ignorance, get the most everyday and thank God for each new dawn. Having been to wear down the body, mind and spirit of his mother, during the course of a decade, Wexler joined his father Milton, a psychoanalyst of Los Angeles, the Hereditary Disease Foundation, an organization he had created for investigate the disorder.
In one of the research seminars of the foundation, Wexler was captivated by a film of an isolated village in Venezuela, in which dozens of people were shaken, apparently affected by the same disorder that had affected his mother. When federal funding for research on Huntington's disease finally became available in 1978, Wexler knew where to go with the money a "San Luis, the Venezuelan village on Lake Maracaibo in which stood the peliculaa ". People in the village was not accustomed to medical care and was cautious with strangers. However, Wexler had a unique bond with them because she was at risk of Huntington's disease. He managed to seduce, persuade and convince them to donate blood samples from which DNA could be extracted, while he was sorting out the family connections. Senator of Massachusetts is likely to agree. n In this village lived almost 20,000 people, most were descendants and relatives of a woman named Maria Conception with Huntington's disease who lived in a villa built on stilts on Lake Maracaibo in the early 1800s. She studied and learned from these people, collecting thousands of blood samples. These blood samples led to the discovery of the gene for Huntington's disease and the development of a diagnostic test.
For personal reasons, Dr. Wexler has not disclosed whether it has been tested for the disease could develop. Today, she works hard to find a cure. Read more on.