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Science  28 Mar 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5308, pp. 1877
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5308.1877

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In late January, the biotech firm Myriad Genetics put out a press release announcing the discovery of a new tumor suppressor. The company took the step to forestall possible charges of insider trading by company employees, but it also had another effect: triggering an intense effort by a competing group to get its own discovery of the gene into print.