Reaction to Myriad's announcement that BRCA1 had been found, Mary-Claire King

Interviewee: Mary-Claire King. Mary-Claire King recalls her reaction when she heard that the Skolnick team had successfully cloned BRCA1 and made it to the finish line first. (DNAi Location Applications > Genes and Medicine > Gene hunting > The finish line > Hearing BRCA1 had been cloned)

When I heard Myriad's announcement I was reading sequence. And I first heard it from a journalist who had, heard it from Myriad and I said I want to know, you know, what's the data. And the data was very quick in coming and of course we all knew the region so well that it, that we would be either very quickly convinced or it would be obvious immediately that they were wrong. And we were quickly convinced they were right, and all that played out within several hours. And I remember feeling, it's been found, gosh, now we can get on with it and try to go to the next step. And in the previous years I had anticipated that if some other group found it, that I would just be devastated. And when I learned that Myriad had, I kept waiting to feel devastated, and I never felt devastated.

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