Mary-Claire King says obscurity gave her the freedom to spend years looking for breast cancer genes. Mary Levin/University of Washington hide caption

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How Being Ignored Helped A Woman Discover The Breast Cancer Gene

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A technician loads patient samples into a machine for testing at Myriad Genetics in Salt Lake City in 2002. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Myriad cannot patent the BRCA genes, which are tested to check a woman's risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Douglas C. Pizac/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court Gene Ruling Splits Hairs Over What's 'Natural'

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In sharing her decision to have a double mastectomy, Angelina Jolie has given voice to a dilemma more women are facing. Carlo Allegri/AP hide caption

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Mammograms may pose a particular risk to women with genetic mutations that predispose them to breast cancer. Bill Branson/National Cancer Institute hide caption

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