Originally published Feb. 19.

Cancer Voices Australia, a patient group legally challenging Myriad Genetics' patent covering mutations in the BRCA1 gene linked to increased risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, will likely appeal a federal court's recent decision to dismiss the case.

The Federal Court of Australia last week deemed that Myriad's patent on isolated gene sequences is valid under the country's laws outlining patentable subject matter.

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