Life Technologies this week launched the Ion AmpliSeq BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 panel for research use in the US, which some industry observers saw as increasing the competitive pressure on Myriad Genetics, the current market leader in BRCA testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

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