A gift to the family, Barbara Weber
Interviewee: Barbara Weber. Barbara Weber talks about the dramatic moment when she realized she had information that could change the life of her patient's sister. (DNAi Location: Applications > Genes and Medicine > Gene testing > Barbara Weber A gift to the family)
And as she started to describe her own sib-ship - her brothers and sisters, I started to realize that she was a gene mutation carrier as you might expect because she had breast cancer. But that her sister wasn't and that her sister didn't know that she wasn't but that I knew that she wasn't and it was really an indescribable moment when I realized that, I mean it was sort of a physical sensation almost and I got up and I left, I said I have to go check on something I'll be back in a few minutes. And I went over and called over to the lab which was a ten or fifteen minute walk from the clinic and I got them to look up the names that went with the pedigree and that's when I really realized what we knew. And at that point realized that you know we had this tremendous, you know in a way it felt like a gift at that time that we had find, we had something to give back to this family that they really needed.
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Barbara Weber shows how information from her study on genetic markers associated with inherited breast cancer indicated which family members were at increased risk and which were not.
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.
Barbara Weber discusses how information from the pedigrees she used in her studies could show which family members were at increased risk for cancer.
Denise talks about the emotional moment when she found out she had been spared the "family curse."
Barbara Weber talks about delivering the news.
Genetic testing changed Denise's life.
Denise talks about learning about DNA, and deciding if she wanted to know if she was at increased risk for breast cancer.
Denise talks about her family's affliction with inherited breast cancer and her decision to have her breasts removed as a preventive measure.
Mary-Claire King talks about the value of using the centuries-old tool of family pedigrees to gain insight into patterns of inheritance of genetic disorders.
Mark Skolnick talks about forming a company to discover genes and develop genetic tests.