Public Health Wednesdays: Angelina Jolie, the Breast Cancer Gene and Women’s Bodies.

Public Health Wednesdays: Angelina Jolie, the Breast Cancer Gene and Women’s Bodies.

The commodification of breast cancer goes all the way to our genes. Most people are shocked and puzzled to learn that one company, Myriad Genetics, holds a patent on the human BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes—often known as “the breast cancer genes”.

How does a corporation hold a patent on a human gene that exists in every single person? How can a company claim to own a naturally occurring part of your and my genetic code?

Click the link above to read the entire article as written by Karuna Jaggar.

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