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Coming Attractions

The BRCA1 gene — coming soon to a theater near you.

Yes, genetics has gone Hollywood in the forthcoming movie, Decoding Annie Parker, a story, according to IMDB, about "love, science, sex, infidelity, disease and comedy ... and the almost discovery of a cure for cancer."

Scheduled for release in March, Annie Parker is actually the story University of Washington geneticist Mary-Claire King's (who will be played by Helen Hunt — no word yet on whether Paul Reiser is attached) discovery of the BRCA1 gene's links to breast cancer. According to a Seattle Magazine profile of the scientist, though, King had no idea the movie was in production, only learning about it when one of her students came across it online.

"It took her awhile to convince her it wasn't a practical joke," the magazine says.

As for us, we're just trying to imagine the pitch meeting: It's like Gattaca meets Erin Brockovich crossed with Lorenzo's Oil... Also, what are the chances Myriad sues for royalties?

The Scan

Support for Moderna Booster

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Testing at UK Lab Suspended

SARS-CoV-2 testing at a UK lab has been suspended following a number of false negative results.

J&J CSO to Step Down

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paul Stoffels will be stepping down as chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson by the end of the year.

Science Papers Present Proteo-Genomic Map of Human Health, Brain Tumor Target, Tool to Infer CNVs

In Science this week: gene-protein-disease map, epigenomic and transcriptomic approach highlights potential therapeutic target for gliomas, and more