You Suck Myriad

Sue Friedman’s latest blog entry explains why Myriad is so disgusting (my words, not hers). When I needed to get tested for BRCA, the cost was somewhere near $3000 – my graduate student insurance did not cover the test. I was able to get the cost subsidized somehow – through a registry of Jewish genetics in New York – I don’t remember what it was called exactly (it was seven years ago, but I think it was through Yeshiva). My parents paid the remaining $350 since I was of course poor at the time. I’m glad to know most insurance now covers this testing, but Myriad’s “ownership” of the gene puts many people at risk of not being able to access the information they need to empower themselves to take their health into their own hands.

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