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Controversial cancer patent upheld by EPO

James Nurton, London

An EPO Technical Board of Appeal has maintained a controversial patent for diagnosing a predisposition for breast and ovarian cancer in amended form

The patent, number 699,754, was filed by Myriad Genetics, the University of Utah Research Foundation and the USA. It was published in 1996.

As approved by the Board, it covers diagnostic methods for detecting a predisposition...

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