genetics

May 16, 2013
Angelina Jolie had a preventative double mastectomy

Breast Cancer: Treatment Options, Genes, and Controversy

May 16, 2013 - Segment 1 - We talk about both the praise and controversy over actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a preventative double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA1 gene, which indicated she would likely develop breast cancer in her lifetime. We talk about the genes at the center of her decision, genes that are patented and whose expensive diagnostic tests are inaccessible for many ordinary people.