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Patent issues impact breast cancer screenings

Courts strike down DNA-related patents, opening the door for a number of cancer screening tests

Over the summer, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that sent shockwaves through the biotech sector. In a unanimous decision, the Court ruled that human genes are not patent-eligible. This was a huge blow for Myriad Genetics, which lost a group of patents on genes relating to breast and ovarian cancer. 

This ruling has opened the door for other companies to enter the market for selling genetic screening tests for breast and ovarian cancer. Now that the Myriad monopoly on these types of tests has ended, Quest Diagnostics has decided to sell its own tests, making a move into what has proven to be a lucrative market.

Senior Editor and Community Manager

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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