Human Gene Patentability Case Heads To Supreme Court

“Human Gene Patentability Case Heads To Supreme Court.” By Sharon Begley, Reuters (via Huffington Post).

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patents on at least 4,000 human genes to companies, universities and others that have discovered and decoded them. Patents now cover some 40 percent of the human genome, according to a scientific study led by Christopher Mason of Weill Cornell Medical College. But if foes of gene patents have their way, that percentage could be rolled back to zero.

On April 15, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that calls into question whether human DNA can be claimed as intellectual property, and remain off limits to everyone without the permission of the patent holder. Read more »


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