NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – After two hours of listening to oral arguments today, a judge in a US District Court in New York said that he will wait to make a decision on whether a case on the legality of the patenting of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes by Myriad Genetics should be decided, or if it should go to trial or be dismissed.

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