Despite the criticism Myriad Genetics receives for its business practices regarding BRCA testing, the company has stayed on message about two things. One, that its exclusive licenses and patents on BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 mutations, which essentially give it a monopoly over the BRCA testing market for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, is good for business. And two, that the enforcement of its IP rights hasn't been harmful for patients or for researchers looking to develop better tests.

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