Science Couldn't Save Her, So She Became A Scientist : Short Wave The first time Sonia Vallabh understood something was very wrong with her mother Kamni was on the phone on her mom's 52nd birthday. She wasn't herself. By the end of that year, after about six months on life support, Kamni had died.

The disease she died from would upend Sonia and her husband Eric's lives, and send them on a careening journey toward a completely new calling: to prevent or cure the disease that's stalking Sonia's family." Sonia Vallabh and Eric Minikel join Short Wave to tell their story in this second of three episodes on prion disease.

Science Couldn't Save Her, So She Became A Scientist

Science Couldn't Save Her, So She Became A Scientist

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Sonia Vallabh and Eric Minikel at their wedding in 2009. Zamana Photography/Courtesy of Eric Minikel hide caption

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Sonia Vallabh and Eric Minikel at their wedding in 2009.

Zamana Photography/Courtesy of Eric Minikel

The first time Sonia Vallabh understood something was very wrong with her mother Kamni was on the phone on her mom's 52nd birthday. She wasn't herself. By the end of that year, after about six months on life support, Kamni had died.

The disease she died from would upend Sonia and her husband Eric's lives, and send them on a careening journey toward a completely new calling: to prevent or cure the disease that's stalking Sonia's family. Sonia Vallabh and Eric Minikel join Short Wave to tell their story in this second of three episodes on prion disease.

This episode was produced by Berly McCoy with Gabriel Spitzer, edited by Gisele Grayson, and fact-checked by Abe Levine. The audio engineer was Natasha Branch.