This text is one of the texts I have read most in my life. Not only is it emotionally powerful, but I have spent weeks translating it into German.
At one time, Matt asked on Twitter if there was a German willing to translate, there was a deadline and it was important (for reasons he explained later in personal mail).
I offered my help, with the caveat that I‘m neither a professional translator, nor with any medical background. I wasn’t totally inexperienced, I had translated a few things here and there, like Mark Nottingham’s Caching FAQ.
But boy, was that text a challenge! I always wanted to write that up, but by now my memory has faded a bit.
Quite stressful, but it felt more meaningful than translating a technical text.
And I learned a few things along the way. And I found several errors in the original. I had read the text many times before, but only when translating, you‘re really struggling with the text on a fine-granular enough level to actually notice things. Like when you look up the list of ultra-rare genetic conditions in some medical research database I‘ve never heard of before — because (a) Wikipedia doesn‘t have an article for all of them, (b) if so, the German-language Wikipedia doesn‘t, and (c) some of those have names in German that are not straight translations of the English name — you may notice that Matt listed one or two diseases twice, where the disease has two common names or aliases.
In the end I wonder if anyone really cared about the translation, because the original reason for wanting a German translation kind of fizzled out, in my perception.
Still, it was a cool time.
Biological pathways are insane... I'm really impressed with what's being uncovered in this field of research.
The article is about the author's journey of diagnosing a genetic disease in his son.
The author of the article could have easily used any of the above less ambiguous words in the title, but he didn't. Hence I formed the opinion that the title is sensationalist.
(That‘s a repost, because the Quora question has been deleted)