By Turna Ray

How broad can the claims in a gene patent be without impeding research and still be of financial value to the patent holder? While a US district court judge in a pending high-profile anti-gene patenting case is currently mulling over the answer to this very question, researchers from Duke University used bioinformatics to estimate the reach of a claim from one of Myriad Genetics' patents on the BRCA1 gene.

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