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The Guardian, April 11, 2013: US supreme court to decide if companies can patent human genes
USA Today, April 10, 2013: Can human genes be patented?
Genomics Law Report, Supreme Court to Rule on Patentability of Human Genes
I've listed three references for those that are interested in this topic. The US supreme court will be hearing oral arguments next week to decide whether companies can patent human genes. The landmark case, Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics
, could alter the course of US medical research and the battle against diseases such as breast and ovarian cancer.
The Court will limit its review to just the first of the three questions posed by the petitioners/plaintiffs, “Are human genes patentable?”
Christopher Mason, assistant professor at Weill Medical College, states, "If these patents are enforced, our genomic liberty is lost."
The case has similarities to Monsanto v. Bowman
, but in this case we are taking about a corporation's right to patent genes in the human body for profit and control of research rather than controlling the seeds that farmers plant.
So browse the articles and comment as you hear arguments next week at the Supreme Court: “Are human genes patentable?”