New film about the geneticist who discovered BRCA1

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When Dr. Mary-Claire King, a geneticist at the University of Washington, learned Helen Hunt was portraying her in an upcoming feature film, she thought it must be a joke.

But the film is real and based on two concurrent stories of real-life women: Anne Parker (played by Samantha Morton), a Toronto cancer survivor determined to understand why cancer repeatedly struck the women in her family, and King’s groundbreaking, decades-long work at the University of California, Berkeley, to discover the gene (BRCA1) that leads to increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Read the full story here: New film puts UW breast-cancer researcher in spotlight

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