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Justices Consider Whether Patents on Genes Are Valid

Posted By admin On April 15, 2013 @ 5:20 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

ANDREW POLLACK
NY Times [1]
April 15, 2013

The Supreme Court is poised to take up the highly charged question of whether human genes can be patented. But another question could trump it: Has the field of genetics moved so far so fast that whatever the court decides, it has come too late to the issue?

The case, which will come before the court on Monday, involves patents held by Myriad Genetics on two human genes, which, when mutated, give a woman a high risk of getting breast or ovarian cancer. The patents give Myriad a monopoly on testing for these mutations, a highly lucrative business.

The hearing comes as rapid scientific advances are producing an explosion of new information about human genes, as well as those of animals, plants and microbes, yielding new approaches to detecting and combating diseases.

Opponents of gene patents say no company should have rights to what is essentially part of the human body. They contend that Myriad’s monopoly has impeded medical progress and access to testing — in some cases denying patients their own genetic information.

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[1] NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/15/business/as-court-considers-gene-patents-case-may-overlook-relevant-issues.html?hp

[2] Natural News challenges Angelina Jolie to denounce corporate patents on human genes: http://www.prisonplanet.com/natural-news-challenges-angelina-jolie-to-denounce-corporate-patents-on-human-genes.html

[3] YouTube involved in conspiracy to silence public debate on corporate patents on human genes: http://www.prisonplanet.com/youtube-involved-in-conspiracy-to-silence-public-debate-on-corporate-patents-on-human-genes.html

[4] Corporations Own 20% Of Your Genes: http://www.prisonplanet.com/corporations-own-20-of-your-genes.html

[5] Federal appeals court reinstates corporate ownership over human genes for breast cancer: http://www.prisonplanet.com/federal-appeals-court-reinstates-corporate-ownership-over-human-genes-for-breast-cancer.html

[6] Sanity prevails: US Supreme Court rules that human genes are not eligible for patent protection: http://www.prisonplanet.com/sanity-prevails-us-supreme-court-rules-that-human-genes-are-not-eligible-for-patent-protection.html

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