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Myriad CEO Peter Meldrum wrote into the New York Times in a June 20 letter, to highlight that while the Supreme Court invalidated the company's patent claims of isolated gene sequences, the court upheld several claims on synthetic DNA. In addition, he underscores the importance of diagnostic method patents.

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Dog DNA testing finds that some purebreds might not truly be purebreds, Inside Edition reports.

Mary Beckerle has returned as director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, according to ScienceInsider.

Smithsonian Magazine reports that environmental DNA sampling can be used to track elusive organisms.

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