Genevieve Wanucha

Genetics Guru: Dr. Susan Slaugenhaupt is striving to turn genetic discoveries into treatments for diseases.

A Laboratory Sleuth Follows the Trail From Gene Mutant To Search for a Cure

Two empty champagne bottles sit like trophies on the shelf. Their wrinkled foil labels catch the sun, scattering light onto hanging plants and genetics textbooks. These bottles lost their corks more than 10 years ago, after Susan Slaugenhaupt and her colleagues at the Massachusetts General Hospital discovered the disease-causing mutations responsible for two genetic disorders carried with increased frequency among people of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.