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Old 06-13-2013, 12:06 PM  
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Supreme Court rules human genes cannot be patented.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...atent/2382053/

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WASHINGTON The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that human genes cannot be patented, a decision with both immediate benefits for some breast and ovarian cancer patients and long-lasting repercussions for biotechnology research.

The decision represents a victory for cancer patients, researchers and geneticists who claimed that a single company's patent raised costs, restricted research and sometimes forced women to have breasts or ovaries removed without sufficient facts or second opinions.

But the court held out a lifeline to Myriad Genetics, the company with an exclusive patent on the isolated form of genes that can foretell an increased genetic risk of cancer. The justices said it can patent a type of DNA that goes beyond extracting the genes from the body.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the decision for a unanimous court. "Myriad did not create anything," Thomas said. "To be sure, it found an important and useful gene, but separating that gene from its surrounding genetic material is not an act of invention."

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Old 06-13-2013, 12:09 PM   #2
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:16 PM   #3
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:51 PM   #4
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:39 PM   #6
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:15 PM   #7
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:36 PM   #8
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I like this decision. Specific naturally occurring genes can not be patented, which is correct as the company did not create anything, but modified genes can.
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