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Trailer Watch: Helen Hunt Discovers Cancer Gene in Decoding Annie Parker [Video]

The revolutionary discovery that breast cancer can be passed from mother to daughter through the BRCA1 gene gets the big-screen treatment in Decoding Annie Parker. Samantha Morton plays the titular character, a breast-cancer patient who has lost her mother and sister to the disease. Naturally, she intuits that breast cancer has a genetic basis, an idea that goes against the scientific conventional wisdom of the 1980s.

The only medical expert to agree with Annie is Dr. Mary-Claire King, whose research team would go on to prove that BRCA1 infects family trees. Based on real events, the film criss-crosses between patient and doctor’s separate and joint efforts to make institutional medicine listen to what they have to say about women’s bodies.

Aaron Paul co-stars as Annie’s ne’er-do-well husband, as does Rashida Jones, who plays Annie’s friend.

Decoding Annie Parker will be released on May 2.

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Fairfield's police chief announces retirement, citing breast cancer diagnosis [Video]

Fairfield's police chief announced Tuesday that she plans to retire by the end of the year, citing her being diagnosed with cancer. Deanna Cantrell became Fairfield's first-ever female chief less than two years ago, and she has been in law enforcement for more than 28 years. "This recent diagnosis has really accelerated my plans for the future," Cantrell said. "I have absolutely loved being your police chief in Fairfield and serving you."