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Lawsuit against gene patents can proceed: judge

</head> <body> <p>NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawsuit challenging patents on two human genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer can move forward, a U.S. federal judge ruled on Monday.</p> <p>A lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union challenged patents held by Myriad Genetics and the University of Utah Research Foundation on grounds that genes are "products of nature" and cannot be patented.</p> <p>U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet declined to dismiss the case, ruling its outcome could have implications for "the health of millions of women facing the specter of breast cancer" as well as the "future course of biomedical research."</p> <p>A spokeswoman at the U.S. Attorney's office in New York, which represents the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and a lawyer for Myriad Genetics had no immediate comment.</p> <p>The University of Utah Research Foundation also had no immediate comment.</p> <p>The lawsuit was brought in Manhattan federal court in May on behalf of women's health groups, geneticists and scientific associations representing approximately 150,000 researchers, pathologists and laboratory professionals, the ACLU said.</p> <p>The lawsuit concerns patents for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.</p> <p>(Reporting by Edith Honan; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and John O'Callaghan)</p> </body> </html> </div><!-- end article-body --> </div><!-- end aticle-body-wrapper --> <aside> <ul class="social-share-btns clearfix"> <li><g:plusone size="medium" href="http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2009/nov/02/lawsuit-against-gene-patents-can-proceed-judge/"></g:plusone></li> <li><div id="fb-root"></div><script src="http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#appId=112315878855956&xfbml=1"></script><fb:like href="http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2009/nov/02/lawsuit-against-gene-patents-can-proceed-judge/" action="recommend" send="true" layout="button_count" width="150" show_faces="false" font=""></fb:like></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/share" class="twitter-share-button" data-url="http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2009/nov/02/lawsuit-against-gene-patents-can-proceed-judge/" data-text="Lawsuit against gene patents can proceed: judge" data-count="horizontal">Tweet</a><script type="text/javascript" src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></li> </ul><!-- end social-share-btns --> </aside> </div><!-- end article-container --> <section class="clearfix text-ad-container"><div class="text-ad"></div><div class="text-ad"></div><div class="text-ad"></div></section> <div id='taboola-below-main-column'></div> <script type="text/javascript"> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({mode:'thumbs-2r', container:'taboola-below-main-column', placement:'below-main-column'}); </script> <div id='taboola-text-2-columns'></div> <script type="text/javascript"> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({mode:'text-links-5r', container:'taboola-text-2-columns', placement:'text-2-columns'}); </script> <script> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({flush:true}); </script> <section class="comment-container"> <h1 class="h2 visuallyhidden">Comments</h1> <a href="/news/articles/2009/nov/02/lawsuit-against-gene-patents-can-proceed-judge/#disqus_thread"></a> <div id="disqus_thread" class="section-widget"></div> <script type="text/javascript"> var disqus_shortname = 'wkzo'; var disqus_title = 'Lawsuit against gene patents can proceed: judge'; var disqus_url = 'http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2009/nov/02/lawsuit-against-gene-patents-can-proceed-judge/'; (function() { var dsq = document.createElement('script'); dsq.type = 'text/javascript'; dsq.async = true; dsq.src = 'http://' + disqus_shortname + '.disqus.com/embed.js'; (document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(dsq); })(); </script> </section><!-- end comment-container --> </article> </div><!-- end of col-1 --> <div id="col-2"> <form class="section-search-form clearfix" method="get" action="/search/"> <fieldset class="clearfix"> <input class="section-search" type="text" rel="Search News" name="q" placeholder="Search News" /> <input class="section-search-submit" type="image" alt="Search" src="http://static.mwcradio.com/images/icons/section-search.gif" /> </fieldset> </form> <div class="ad-300x250"></div> <aside class="aside-module top-stories"> <h1>Top Stories</h1> <ul class="unstyled-list single-col-list"> <li><a href="/news/articles/2014/apr/18/kalamazoo-township-police-seek-man-in-connection-with-fatal-shooting/" title="Full Article: Kalamazoo Township Police seek man in connection with fatal shooting">Kalamazoo Township Police seek man in connection...</a></li> <li><a href="/news/articles/2014/apr/18/fatal-traffic-crash-victim-identified-as-51-year-old-audrey-j-kurka-of-kalamazoo/" title="Full Article: Fatal traffic crash victim identified as 51-year-old Audrey J. 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