By Turna Ray

In a counter move to Myriad Genetics' motion to dismiss its anti-gene patenting case, the American Civil Liberties Union has submitted numerous declarations of material fact to urge a district court judge to decide that Myriad's BRCA patents are invalid and unconstitutional even before the case even gets to trial.

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