Ever since the Supreme Court struck down Myriad Genetics' patent claims on isolated BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene sequences, industry observers have breathlessly speculated whether the company would take legal action against labs challenging its decades-long reign over the BRCA genetic testing market.

Myriad made its move this week. Along with several other assignees to a handful of US patents underlying the BRACAnalysis test, Myriad filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Ambry Genetics and Gene by Gene.

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