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Mayo Clinic has successfully invalidated the patent on a method of diagnosing a rare autoimmune disorder, handing the Minnesota health system a legal victory against one of the largest private lab companies in the U.S. The Rochester-based academic medical center was sued by Athena Diagnostics, a subsidiary of New Jersey lab-industry giant Quest Diagnostics, over Mayo's decision to offer diagnostic tests for a disease called myasthenia gravis. MG is a chronic disorder that saps people's strength over the course of a day, often leaving them with drooping eyelids, leg weakness and difficulty swallowing and breathing.
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Autoimmune disorders are conditions that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders. Normally the immune system's white blood cells help protect ...