The Genetics of Breast Cancer
Mary-Claire King is an American Cancer Society professor in the Department of Genome Sciences and Department of Medicine. Dr. King proved the existence of the first gene for hereditary breast cancer and has long promoted the application of genetics to benefit humanity. Dr. King’s groundbreaking insights led to the discovery that mutations in a single gene, BRCA1, cause breast cancer in many high-risk families. The discovery permanently changed thinking about the genetics of common diseases and has been emulated by researchers studying many other serious diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and prostate cancer.
more about Dr. King's research: http://www.gs.washington.edu/faculty/king.htm