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EDVA: Dog-gene mutation was “natural,” not patentable (access required)

A Swiss researcher who discovered the genetic mutation that causes Nasal Parakeratosis in Labrador Retrievers could not enforce a patent on it, because the discovery was a naturally-occurring phenomenon. Background This action concerns U.S. Patent No. 9,157,114 for an in vitro method for genotyping Labrador Retrievers in order to discover whether the dog might be a genetic ...