By Mary Murray
Recently, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in the Myriad case (The Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Myriad Genetics, Inc. and Lorris Betz, et al., (No. 2010-1406 (Fed. Cir. July 29, 2011)) held that isolated DNA was patentable subject matter, overturning a highly controversial lower court decision ruling that claims directed to isolated DNA were unpatentable.