Huntington's disease, or Huntington's chorea, is a progressive genetic disease marked by death of brain cells coupled with loss of muscular control and coordination, declining mental abilities, and erratic behavior. Currently, this form of dementia has no cure. ""Huntington's Disease"" introduces this disease, detailing its history and progression, and discusses the search for the gene that causes it and the development of genetic tests for the gene. This title also addresses the ethical questions of testing people for a disease whose symptoms typically develop later in life.
David M. Lawrence has worked as a scientist and journalist, and holds master's degrees in geography and journalism. He has worked as an independent researcher and research assistant in forest ecology and dendrochronology at a number of institutions, including Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and has served as a reporter, editor, and producer at daily newspapers and Web sites in Louisiana, New Jersey, and Virginia. He is author of the book Upheaval from the Abyss: Ocean Floor Mapping and the Earth Science Revolution. Some of his shorter works have appeared in the periodicals The Lancet, The Lancet Infectious Disease, Mercator's World, Vegetarian Times, and Woods Hole Currents, and in the books The Science of Dune and The Science of Michael Crichton. He lives in Virginia.