Myriad Genetics Attempts To Deny Patients Their Personal Genetic Information

 In 2013, Myriad Genetic failed – in a case that was heard in the United States Supreme Court - to patent the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.  We all have these two genes which, when they mutate, are associated with breast, ovarian and prostate cancers. If Myriad succeeded, they would have controlled patents on these genes and could establish a monopoly on all research and testing of these genes. Myriad is now facing a lawsuit over  denying their clients access to their own genetic information.  The four plaintiffs in the action underwent genetic testing with Myriad to determine their hereditary risk [...]

BRCA Mutations and Prostate Cancer

When Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy hit the headlines in May this year there was a lot of press coverage including discussions about BRCA 1 and 2 genes. These conversations centered on women and their risk of breast or ovarian cancer. But, what about BRCA 1 and 2 in relation to prostate cancer, is there any? This is an excellent question, but first it would be helpful to understand what are BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Why are BRCA genes a problem when they mutate and specifically what does a BRCA gene mutation mean for men? BRCA1 and BRCA2, found mostly in [...]

By | August 20th, 2013|BRCA2, General Information, genetics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Role of BRCA2 Mutations in Aggressive Prostate Cancer

According to research published today in the British Journal of Cancer, routine testing for a faulty BRCA2 gene (Kote-Jarai Z et al, BRCA2 is a gene contributing to young onset prostate cancer: implications for genetic testing in prostate cancer patients British Journal of Cancer (2011) doi:10.1038/bjc.2011.383) in men under 65 years with prostate cancer could help identify men who could benefit from new types of targeted treatment. The study by The Institute of Cancer Research shows that 1 in 100 men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer under the age of 65 have a faulty BRCA2 gene. The researchers said [...]

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