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With three recent FDA approvals, and a number of Phase 3 trials ongoing, the drugs are seeing a surge in interest.

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The agency gave personal genomics company 23andMe the green light to screen samples for breast cancer–related genetic mutations.

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Genetic Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Identified

By Ashley P. Taylor | October 23, 2017

Researchers identify 72 novel genetic variants associated with breast cancer risk.

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Myriad, Post Mortem

By The Scientist Staff | June 1, 2016

David Schwartz of the Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago, Kent College of Law, discusses the impact of the US Supreme Court unanimously striking down Myriad Genetics' patent of human BRCA genes and tests to detect mutations in them.

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BRCA1 Linked to Alzheimer’s

By Jef Akst | November 30, 2015

The cancer-related protein BRCA1 is important for learning and memory in mice and is depleted in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, according to a study.

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BRCA Breakthroughs?

By Jenny Rood | April 21, 2015

Color Genomics announces a new, lower-cost BRCA mutation test, while Inserm and Quest Diagnostics reveal plans to pool patient data to investigate rare mutations.

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BRCA Mutations Mapped

By Tracy Vence | April 7, 2015

In a large study, researchers find evidence to suggest that the type and location of a woman’s BRCA1/2 mutations may affect her cancer risk.

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Australian Court Upholds Patents on Human Genes

By Molly Sharlach | September 8, 2014

The Federal Court of Australia rejected an appeal of a ruling that allows companies to patent isolated human genes.

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Yet Another Lawsuit over Genetic Tests

By Tracy Vence | June 17, 2014

Myriad Genetics, the company originally behind tests for the cancer-associated BRCA mutations, is suing another competitor for patent infringement.

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BRCA1 Linked to Brain Size

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | March 20, 2014

The breast cancer-associated gene may play a protective role in neural stem cells, a mouse study finds.

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