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04/25/2014

Artistic Inquiry: Screening of “Decoding Annie Parker”

BEI Young Professionals member Betsy Campbell covers artful media around the world that touches upon topics in bioethics.

The 2013 Drama Decoding Annie Parker tells the story of a major 20th century genetic discovery — that cancer can have a genetic link. The film is based on the true story of a cancer survivor, Annie Parker, and geneticist Mary Claire King, played by Helen Hunt, who discovered the role of the BRCA1 gene.

The Yale Cancer Genetic Counseling group has organized a screening of the film in New Haven, CT on May 9th at 5pm at the Criterion Cinemas at 86 Temple Street. However, the screening is provisional: it will occur only if 80 people reserve tickets by Friday April 26th. Tickets are available online (and no tickets will be for sale at the cinema either in advance or at the time of screening).

A trailer of the film is available on the web as are listings for other screenings around the country. The film opens officially in May.

In recent years more books, plays, and films for mass audiences have been focusing on true stories of scientific breakthroughs. What impact, if any, do you think these works are having on public perspectives of science and medicine? And if you’ve seen Decoding Annie Parker — what public discussions do you think it might begin?

 

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