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Genetic Stories Film and Discussion Series: “Decoding Annie Parker”

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Join Dr. Kimberly Lieber, a breast cancer surgical specialist at Eastern Maine Medical Center, at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., for a film screening and discussion about “Decoding Annie Parker.” The fim tells the story about the discovery of the genetic link to breast cancer, BRCA1, through highlighting the lives of the women who researched and survived the disease.

The film, which stars Helen Hunt, is based on true events and tells the hopeful and touching story of two remarkable women and their 15-year battle against breast cancer. Waged on both scientific and emotional fronts, they are drawn together not just by the disease but by their shared determination and unconventional approaches to their research and to their lives. Hunt portrays geneticist Mary-Claire King, who demonstrated that a single gene on chromosome 17, later known as BRCA1, was responsible for many breast and ovarian cancers. The film is Rated R for language and some sexual content.

The film is the last movie in Genetic Stories: A Film and Discussion Series in partnership with the Jackson Laboratory and the Jesup Memorial Library.

The film begin at 7 p.m. with a pre-film social beginning at 6:30 p.m. The film open to the public and seating is first come-first served. For more information, visit or contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or