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The Resource Pandora's DNA : tracing the breast cancer genes through history, science, and one family tree, Lizzie Stark

Pandora's DNA : tracing the breast cancer genes through history, science, and one family tree, Lizzie Stark

Label
Pandora's DNA : tracing the breast cancer genes through history, science, and one family tree
Title
Pandora's DNA
Title remainder
tracing the breast cancer genes through history, science, and one family tree
Statement of responsibility
Lizzie Stark
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Would you cut out your healthy breasts and ovaries if you thought it might save your life? That's not a theoretical question for journalist Lizzie Stark's relatives, who grapple with the horrific legacy of cancer built into the family DNA. It is a BRCA mutation that has robbed most of her female relatives of breasts, ovaries, peace of mind, or life itself. In Pandora's DNA, Stark uses her family's experience to frame a larger story about the so-called breast cancer genes, exploring the morass of legal quandaries, scientific developments, medical breakthroughs, and ethical concerns that surround the BRCA mutations. She tells of the troubling history of prophylactic surgery and the storied origins of the boob job and relates the landmark lawsuit against Myriad Genetics, which held patents on the BRCA genes every human carries in their body until the Supreme Court overturned them in 2013. Although a genetic test for cancer risk may sound like the height of scientific development, the treatment remains crude and barbaric. Through her own experience, Stark shows what it's like to live in a brave new world where gazing into a crystal ball of genetics has many unintended consequences"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stark, Lizzie
Dewey number
616.99/449042
Index
index present
LC call number
RD667.5
LC item number
.S73 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Stark, Lizzie
  • Mastectomy
  • Breast
  • BRCA genes
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical
  • MEDICAL / History
  • HEALTH & FITNESS / Diseases / Genetic
  • SCIENCE / History
Label
Pandora's DNA : tracing the breast cancer genes through history, science, and one family tree, Lizzie Stark
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The ham speaks for itself -- "It's everywhere" -- Gene hunters -- Myriad's monopoly -- Positive -- Watchful waiting -- A tale of too many mastectomies -- The black cloud -- Barbie girls -- Captain Kirk and Doctor Spock -- Ta-ta to tatas -- Heffalumpless -- Through the looking glass
Control code
ocn880521068
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
324 pages
Isbn
9781613748602
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014018310
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)880521068
  • (Sirsi)
  • (Sirsi) a1809644
Label
Pandora's DNA : tracing the breast cancer genes through history, science, and one family tree, Lizzie Stark
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The ham speaks for itself -- "It's everywhere" -- Gene hunters -- Myriad's monopoly -- Positive -- Watchful waiting -- A tale of too many mastectomies -- The black cloud -- Barbie girls -- Captain Kirk and Doctor Spock -- Ta-ta to tatas -- Heffalumpless -- Through the looking glass
Control code
ocn880521068
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
324 pages
Isbn
9781613748602
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014018310
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)880521068
  • (Sirsi)
  • (Sirsi) a1809644

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