Study Cracks Open the Secrets of Genetic Mutations That Boost Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk

Study Cracks Open the Secrets of Genetic Mutations That Boost Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk


Lawsuits didn't do it, public shaming didn't do it, patients and doctors banding together to "free the data" couldn't do it: For 22 years Myriad Genetics, one of the oldest genetic testing companies, has refused to make public its proprietary database of BRCA1 variants, which lists more than 17,000 known misspellings in that major "cancer risk" gene, along with the medical significance of each. The database lists which mutations increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, which do not, and which have an unknown health effect.



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