SALT LAKE CITY--Myriad Genetics here has received a patent for 47 different BRCA1 gene mutations that increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The company also received a notice of allowance from the US Patent and Trademark Office for four additional BRCA1 patent applications, including use of the gene or its protein as a breast cancer diagnostic.

Myriad said it will now use its proprietary functional genomic tools, including its ProNet database, to try to uncover the gene's biological role in the disease process.

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