Celebrity Effect

Angelina_Jolie_by_Gage_Skidmore_2Angelina Jolie’s op-ed in The New York Times was big news. She shared her family history of cancer, her own genetic mutation, and her choice to have prophylactic surgery – agonizing decisions faced by other high risk women. Breast Cancer Consortium members and contributors were vital to the public discussion about the context of a personal decision like Jolie’s as well as the politics of patenting human genes. We are pleased to report that the Supreme Court decided in June that it was unlawful to patent natural human genes.

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