The Heaviest Heart: Guilt and Genetic Disease

Deep in the DNA of Marietta Drucker sits one mutated gene amid the tens of thousands that account for, among other things, her blue eyes, blond hair and wide toothy smile. That gene, one of only a handful of recognizable landmarks in the chemically complex and shadowy map of the human genome has a name, BRCA, and a destiny -- to spawn a potentially deadly form of breast or ovarian cancer. Six years ago Drucker, then 76, was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer, news she believed was a...Full Story
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