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April 1, 2010

01:55

Sweet move Judge Sweet, sweet move. In a landmark court ruling, an American Federal Judge – Robert W. Sweet – struck down pending patents in the genes for BRCA1 and 2. Myriad genetics were granted patents for these breast cancer related genes over 10 years ago.


Until yesterday.


Finally, the world is catching up with Science in Seconds. See why we object to gene patents and why we are ahead of the curve (as usual).
 

Host:  Torah Kachur

Photo credits: www.myriad.com, www.aclu.com, Wikimedia Users: Kuebi, Rob ten Berge, Library Archives of Canada, Human Genome Project, National Human Genome Research Institute

References:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/business/30gene.html?src=me&ref=business
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/13/health/13patent.html?_r=1
http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/patents.shtml

YOUR COMMENTS

Jennifer on April 01, 2010
This reminds me of Columbus discovering America. I saw it, I found it; therefore, it's mine. This line of thinking leads me to believe that those trying to patent the cancer gene should go back to kindergarten.
Chris Buzon on April 01, 2010
I wanted to patent the start codon when I was in school...dang

;)
Brit on April 01, 2010
Now we just sit and wait for the appeals to roll in...
Torah April 02, 2010
Oh my gosh. Patenting the start codon would have been incredible.

Way better than cloning the gene for drawing a straight line...that's always what I wanted to do (the gene doesn't exist but a girl can dream)
Ryan on July 05, 2010
Glad to see the law catching up with ethical science.

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