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Myriad Genetics Patents Method to Accelerate Gene Sequencing Process


SALT LAKE CITY--Myriad Genetics has been awarded a patent entitled "Island Hopping--a Method to Sequence Rapidly Very Large Fragments of DNA" by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The patent covers a method for dramatically increasing the rate of sequencing large fragments of DNA, useful in discovering disease-related genes and sequencing complete genomes of various species.

Island hopping, named after the set of single bands of DNA, takes advantage of parallel processing of samples and results in the automatic ordering of fragments of the DNA, reducing the volume of sequencing and increasing process speed.

Myriad also announced this month the award of a US patent on the p16 tumor suppressor gene.

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