‘Decoding Annie Parker’ portrays hunt for breast cancer genes

Film follows both a cancer survivor and the researcher who found BRCA1

By Tina Hesman Saey, 16:52 PM October 8, 2013

Today, women with a family history of breast cancer can get a simple genetic test to learn if they are at high risk of developing the disease. But not long ago, most doctors scoffed at the idea of a “cancer gene,” as the new film Decoding Annie Parker shows.

The story is based on the real life of Ann Parker, a woman who has survived both breast and ovarian cancer. Parker (played by Samantha Morton) becomes obsessed with learning why women in her family keep succumbing to breast cancer. Her doc...

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