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Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
•Rated O - Outstanding
Katie Trebing was diagnosed at three months old with Diamond Blackfan anemia, a rare form of anemia that prevents bone marrow from producing red blood cells. Even with a lifetime of monthly blood transfusions, she faced a poor prognosis. Pulitzer Prize—winning journalist Beth Whitehouse follows the Trebings as they make the decision to create a genetically matched sibling using preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and in vitro fertilization, and proceed with a risky bone-marrow transplant that could kill their daughter rather than save her. The Match is a timely and provocative look at urgent issues that can only become more complex and pressing as genetic and reproductive technologies advance.
“The Match is a thought-provoking, extremely well-researched, and deeply personal account of one of the most controversial ethical dilemmas of our time. . . . A great story, and a remarkable work of journalism.”–Rachel Simon, author of Riding the Bus with My Sister
“The Match is a riveting, vividly written tale of what happens when two powerful forces–parental love and modern science–converge to try to help a very brave child through the deliberate conception of another.”–Liza Mundy, author of Everything Conceivable