A major victory for Joanna Rudnick and the American Civil Liberties Union! On June 13, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against Myriad Genetics regarding the legality of gene patents. Myriad held the patents to the BRCA1 and 2 mutations, which significantly raise the likelihood of a woman developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
On May 14, actress Angelina Jolie wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times entitled "My Medical Choice," where she revealed she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy due to the fact that she carried the BRCA1 mutation. Since then, numerous newspapers, blogs and radio shows have commented on Jolie's story and the choices women face when they find that they have a high risk of developing cancer in their lifetime.
EDIT, May 14: Thanks to the surge of interest in BRCA after Angelina Jolie's announcement that she carries the gene mutation and has had preventative surgery, we will now extend the free streaming of the film at POV for another 2 weeks until May 26th! Please spread the word! A new blog post from Joanna - who has been recovering from her own surgery - will be coming soon.
As Supreme Court debates gene patenting linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, POV and Kartemquin release "In the Family" free online
On April 15, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear a landmark case on the patentability of genes linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.