NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee has asked National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins to invoke a provision in federal law, which has never been used before, to license out Myriad Genetic's BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene patents.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) last week sent a letter to Collins asking him to consider use of the so-called march-in rights under the Bayh-Dole Act "to ensure greater access to genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer."

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In PNAS this week: genomic study of group B Streptococcus evolution, selection on the X chromosome in great apes, and more.

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