New Cancer Test May Dampen Supreme Court Fight Over Patents on Genes

An Israeli researcher has developed a new method of testing for genetic mutations known to pose a heightened risk of breast cancer, possibly undercutting a long-running legal battle over gene patents developed at the University of Utah just as that fight heads to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The researcher, Asher Y. Salmon, a breast-cancer specialist at the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, in Jerusalem, said his method tests for the functioning of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes rather