Lauren Weinstein is a cartoonist and teacher. She and her husband were expecting their first child when they learned that they were both carriers of a gene that causes cystic fibrosis (CF), one of the 19 common genetic diseases found among Ashkenazi Jews. The prognosis for a child with CF is fairly grim, and Lauren underwent DNA testing to learn if their child would have the disease.
She also managed to write a touching and darkly funny comic called “Carriers” about the period of waiting for those test results, which was then published in Nautilus. Lauren’s other award-winning comic books include "Girl Stories" and "The Goddess of War."
Her work has been published in Kramer's Ergot, The Ganzfeld, An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and The Best American Comics 2007 and 2010. Lauren is currently working on a sequel to "Girl Stories" for Henry Holt and teaching comics at the School of Visual Arts.
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