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One Company Has Enormous Power in the Breast Cancer 'Market'—and Their Pricey Test Could Be Costing Lives

Angelina Jolie's op-ed about her approach to mitigating breast cancer risk helped a company's stock value rise 4%. Is that what medicine is really about?

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Myriad’s patent on the genes  expires in two years, but the Supreme Court’s ruling will set the broader principle going forward. For now, Jolie’s Op-Ed has apparently made Myriad’s stock price  rise 4 percent, its best level in years.


Irin Carmon is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @irincarmon or email her at

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