Tampering with our DNA II:

Tampering with our DNA II:

In May 2013, in an op-ed piece in the New York Times, Angelina Jolie bravely revealed that she had had a mastectomy, a revelation that sparked considerable discussion. Jolie took this radical and controversial preventative step after learning that she possessed a DNA gene variant, BRCA1, which had played a role in the death of her mother from cancer, and gave Jolie an estimated 87 percent risk of developing the same cancer.

A pianist’s neurons

A pianist’s neurons

On Sunday morning I was watching Cara DeHaan, who wonderfully edits my columns, play the piano for our worship service. She has musical talent I can only appreciate with my ears, not duplicate with my hands or mouth. While listening to her play, it struck me, given the way the body works, how miraculous is the ability to play the piano (or, for that matter, any musical instrument).