Purpose of finding the gene, Barbara Weber

Interviewee: Barbara Weber. Barbara Weber talks about how she had discovered information that could be useful to families afflicted with hereditary breast cancer even before the gene was found. (DNAi Location: Applications > Genes and Medicine > Gene testing > Barbara Weber > Purpose of finding the gene)

And it was really as I started to talk to her [Vicky, her patient] about what the study was for - the purpose of finding these genes and why the families were important in the studies - that she started to give back to me why she wanted the information that suddenly it sort of came together that, oh my God we actually do have the information even though the gene hadn't been identified yet. I think that was part of it, we were so focused on the idea of finding the gene and what we would do when we had the gene that we didn't, I mean it's an obvious genetic thing it wasn't any big discovery it's just that we had been focused on finding the gene not the idea that we already had information with the markers that we could use if patients or families had a reason to need to know that information.

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