What Angelina Jolie forgot to mention

“What Angelina Jolie forgot to mention.” By H. Gilbert Welch, CNN.com.

I checked my e-mail messages — they all seemed to be about Angelina Jolie’s op-ed. I found it to be a moving story and understood her choice. As the day wore on, the story dominated the news. I didn’t fully appreciate how much Ms. . . . → Read More: What Angelina Jolie forgot to mention

Celebrity Breasts and Corporate Gene Patents

Actress Angelina Jolie leaves Lancaster House after attending the G8 Foreign Ministers’ conference on April 11, 2013 in London. (OLI SCARFF / GETTY IMAGES)

Angelina Jolie‚Äôs op-ed in The New York Times was big news yesterday. Jolie shared her family history of cancer, her own genetic mutation, and her choice to have prophylactic . . . → Read More: Celebrity Breasts and Corporate Gene Patents

“Who Owns Your Body?” ACLU Video

On May 12, 2009, the ACLU and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed a lawsuit charging that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer, BRCA1 and BRCA2, are unconstitutional and invalid. On November 30, 2012, the Supreme Court agreed to hear argument on the patentability of human genes. The . . . → Read More: “Who Owns Your Body?” ACLU Video

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 . . . → Read More: Human Gene Patentability Case Heads To Supreme Court

The Ethical Implications of Gene Patenting

“The Ethical Implications of Gene Patenting” Empowered Doctor.

Do genes qualify as a property that a single individual or corporation is allowed exclusive rights to? On April 15, 2013 the Supreme Court will hear a case that could dictate the future of biomedicine. Currently, Myriad Genetics Corporation, a biotechnology company in Utah, has patented two . . . → Read More: The Ethical Implications of Gene Patenting