Before long the gene for breast cancer may be associated with lower odds of contracting the disease thanks to the steps women with the now-dangerous alleles take to mitigate their risk. In the not-so-distant future, BRCA1 mutations may predict mastectomies, not breast cancer.
Prior to the passage of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, women who suspected they might be at risk for hereditary breast cancer were often advised not to undergo genetic testing because they could lose their job, health insurance or both if the test confirmed they were at risk.
Last week we saw that value is driven most fundamentally not by companies but by valuable economic information -- "business genes" -- that companies make themselves the best vehicles for. So what should executives do, to help their companies and their careers?
Angelina Jolie's openness about her decision to undergo mastectomies because of the BRCA1 mutation can help inspire countless women to face this difficult decision. Yet several obstacles exist that deserve attention, concerning doctors and costs of testing.
Although this was clearly more than just narcolepsy, it was possible that the constellation of symptoms was due to a small genetic alteration that included both a narcolepsy-causing gene and a mitochondrial gene located close by on the same chromosome.
In no small measure inspired by BBC America's Canadian-produced tricky and fun new series Orphan Black, which centers heavily on cloning what-ifs, I came back to this simmering question (thanks, TV!) -- why not cloning?
Doctors don't ask for your consent to look over the entire x-ray or make a note of the suspicious lesion. And they certainly don't sit you down before every exam, x-ray or lab test and have a long discussion about all the thousands of possible incidental findings that might show up.
Some weeks ago I gave birth to a child after being pregnant for more than four years. The birth was postponed several times, but finally it came; along with 12 brothers and sisters, and with more than 1,000 parents.