Supreme Court to Decide on Human Gene Patents


http://blogs.nature.com/news/2013/04/us-supreme-court-hears-argumen...

As the first group of scientists to discover the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 (which are implicated in breast and ovarian cancers, among others), Myriad Genomics (Salt Lake, UT) currently holds a patent on both genes, preventing other scientists and research groups from doing extensive research involving either genes. Several groups have filed suits against the genomics company, claiming that by holding a patent on the genes, Myriad Genomics is hampering extensive research in these areas, thus slowing the progress of clinical discovery. The Supreme Court is now considering the idea that human genes can be patented, and how it may affect the biotechnology industry.

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