NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Federal Court of Australia has dismissed a case in which a group of cancer patients were challenging the viability of a patent held by Myriad Genetics covering mutations in the BRCA1 gene linked to increased risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Under Australian patent law, human beings and the biological processes involved in the creation of human beings are not patentable, but any "manner of manufacture," claims that are novel, inventive and useful, are patentable.

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