The Australian High Court has ruled that an isolated gene sequence cannot be patented, as GenomeWeb has reported.

The case, D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics, was brought by a 69-year-old two-time breast cancer survivor against Myriad, which held a patent on mutations and polymorphisms in BRCA1 and BRCA2 that it licensed to Melbourne-based Genetic Technologies. But the court found that a gene cannot be patented.

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