"A freewheeling trip through Southwestern culture and religion, Jewish history and modern genetics ... An intriguing tale told with gusto."
     Kirkus Reviews


The wandering gene is a breast cancer mutation, BRCA1.185delAG, which is characteristic of Jews. The book is a historical and scientific investigation that ranges from ancient Palestine and the Spanish Inquisition to the modern DNA lab and the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witnesses. At the heart of the narrative is a young Hispano woman who struggles with breast cancer until her proud and untimely death.

The book, illustrated with my own photos from San Luis Valley, Colorado, is published by W.W. Norton. Enthusiastic reviews appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Barnes & Noble Review, and the Seattle Times. If you don't have a good local bookstore to support, you may buy it online from the usual source.

To the right are links to summaries of the ten chapters.  You may read them to the accompaniment of a tune from Old New Mexico, sung by a carrier of the gene, Robert Martinez.