Racing Against the Genetic Clock

The Chronicle of Higher Education -- Kenneth P. Serbin chairs the history department at the University of San Diego. He was the 2011 Person of the Year of the Huntington's Disease Society of America.

Scholars often shift focus over the course of a career to pursue a discovery, a new job, or a need for variety. For me, it was learning that I will, at some point, develop a terrifying, untreatable, fatal brain disorder.

Finding out that I carry the gene for Huntington's disease forced me to re-evaluate my life and career, thrust me into a new activist role (although initially from behind a pseudonym), and plunged me into a fight that could affect my very survival. (Full Story