May 4th, 2010
April 29, 2010
By Michelle Morris
Myriad Genetics thinks it owns two of my genes. Yours too, sisters. Myriad, a Salt Lake City-based biotech company, holds seven patents related to the BRCA genes, a pair of genes whose mutations are related to breast and ovarian cancer.
These are big genes—and potentially nasty ones. A water molecule has a molecular mass of 18; BRCA1 has a molecular mass of 220,000. Its cousin BRCA2 is twice as large. Because of their size, these big girls increase the chances of mutations, which can lead to cancer.
My mother died of ovarian cancer, and following in her footsteps is one of the fears that sometimes keeps me up at night. I have no problem with Myriad doing research and trying to cure breast and ovarian cancer, but I do have a problem with them thinking that they own two of womankind’s genes.
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