This article has been updated with the name of the US laboratory that sent Ontario's Ministry of Health a cease and desist letter.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario is challenging the legality of US gene patents in Canada.

In a complaint filed today with Canada's Federal Court, CHEO is challenging the validity of five patents held by the University of Utah Research Foundation, Genzyme Genetics, and Yale University on genes underlying tests for Long QT syndrome, a cardiac disorder that can be fatal.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

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