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Scientists welcome ruling on patent on breast cancer gene

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 11 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:740
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The European Patent Office has rejected an appeal by the US drug company Myriad Genetics and the University of Utah against an earlier decision revoking the patent concerning the BRCA1 gene and its applications.

    The ruling has been welcomed by European researchers working on tests for a predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer. Dominique Stoppa-Lyonnet, head of the genetics department at the Institut Curie in Paris, said: “This is an important decision, since it means we can continue our work without fear of being attacked for infringing a patent.”

    The decision is the latest stage in …

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