Unlocking this genetic code brought new hope to a field of sluggish discovery for which many patients, myself included, feel tremendous gratitude. But we are also deeply grateful for the recent Supreme Court decision declaring that human genes cannot be patented.
That Iranian Jews should have their own "special" diseases is not as strange as it may seem: Ours is the oldest community in the diaspora, offspring of the slaves who, in the sixth century BC, were brought into the Babylonian exile.
For however long I can remember, there was always that ominous threat of the "C" word. I don't believe there was ever a family get-together without the mention of cancer. My family carries the mutated BRCA1 gene.