Our Genes, Their Secrets

“Our Genes, Their Secrets.” By Eleonore Pauwels, The New York Times.

The Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling last Thursday, barring patents on human genes, was a wise and balanced decision that clears away a major barrier to innovation in the areas of biotechnology, drug development and medical diagnostics. But the decision is just a first step . . . → Read More: Our Genes, Their Secrets

Supreme Court says natural human genes can't be patented

“Supreme Court says natural human genes can’t be patented.” By Pete Williams and Erin McClam, NBC News.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that natural human genes cannot be patented by companies, but it said that synthetically produced genetic material can — a mixed ruling for the biotechnology industry. A naturally occurring piece of DNA . . . → Read More: Supreme Court says natural human genes can’t be patented

Patients, Patents, and Profits in a Genomic Age

When the Human Genome Project started in 1990 there were fewer than 100 genes associated with human diseases. The first genetic mutation (for Huntington’s disease) was identified in 1986, just a few years before the Project started. After more than a decade of technological innovation and about $3.8 billion, a team of scientists across more . . . → Read More: Patients, Patents, and Profits in a Genomic Age

Can We Patent Life?

“Can We Patent Life?” By Michael Specter, The New Yorker.

On April 12, 1955, Jonas Salk, who had recently invented the polio vaccine, appeared on the television news show “See It Now” to discuss its impact on American society. Before the vaccine became available, dread of polio was almost as widespread as the disease itself. . . . → Read More: Can We Patent Life?