POV : In the Family (2008)

Genres - Culture & Society, Health & Fitness  |   Sub-Genres - Biological Sciences, Medicine, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Director Joanna Rudnick serves as filmmaker, journalist, and active participant in this documentary highlighting how the mapping of the human genome can be simultaneously a remarkable gift and a horrible curse. Rudnick was just in her twenties when she tested positive for a genetic mutation that virtually ensures she will develop breast and ovarian cancer. Though, at age twenty-seven, Rudnick can circumvent the consequences by opting for surgery that will leave her devoid of both breasts and ovaries, chances are good that she will pass the mutation on to her children should she choose to become a mother. Now, Rudnick will embark on a cross country quest to speak with other women who have taken the test and received troubling results, speak with the researcher who discovered the existence of the mutation, and speak her peace to the president of the company that holds the patent to the prohibitively expensive test.

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breast-cancer, cancer, genetics, genome-project, heredity, surgery