Discoverer of BRCA genes said “being ignored” helped her do her research

Last week marked the 20th year anniversary of the discovery of the BRCA1 gene by Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., an American geneticist. Dr. King, who was interviewed last week by NPR, talked about how being ignored by her male colleagues actually made it easier for her to do her work. At the time of her discovery, the idea that cancer could be caused by faulty genes was controversial.

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