A Couple’s Quest To Stop A Rare Disease Before It Takes One Of Them

Sonia Vallabh lost her mother to a rare brain disease in 2010, and then learned she had inherited the same genetic mutation. She and her husband, Eric Minikel, went back to school to study the family of illnesses — prion diseases — in the hope of finding a cure for Sonia.

Twenty years. That’s how long two grad students, Sonia Vallabh and Eric Minikel, think they have before a deadly disease envelops Sonia’s brain. The Massachusetts couple is now racing to find a cure.

(Image credit: Kayana Szymczak for NPR)

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