The American Medical Association and five other medical societies recently filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals in support of a lower federal court ruling that invalidated patents held by Myriad Genetics on two genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2.

The associations contend that human genes should not be considered property and enabling the patenting of genes will harm opportunities for scientific research and medical care because research on specific genes could be limited.

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