Katharine Moser asks for a genetic test to determine if she will eventually develop Huntington’s disease. She learns she does carry the gene mutation that caused the death of her grandfather and other relatives. Harmon follows Moser as she struggles to integrate this knowledge into her life. The reporter crafts a moving and illuminating account of a cutting-edge experience, one that more and more people will enter as genetic testing becomes more common. This piece is an excellent example of balancing emotional content with a larger journalistic purpose.
Read “Facing Life With a Lethal Gene,” by Amy Harmon