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Submission + - Breast Cancer Gene Lawsuit Argues Patents Invalid (nytimes.com)

bkuhn writes: "The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (PUBPAT) filed a lawsuit charging that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer are unconstitutional and invalid. The lawsuit (PDF) was filed on behalf of four scientific organizations representing more than 150,000 geneticists, pathologists, and laboratory professionals, as well as individual researchers, breast cancer and women's health groups, and individual women. Individuals with certain mutations along these two genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2, are at a significantly higher risk for developing hereditary breast and ovarian cancers."
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Breast Cancer Gene Lawsuit Argues Patents Invalid

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