How what Nicole Kidman has done will soon be a crime in NSW

by jeeg 18. January 2011 20:02
As actress Nicole Kidman celebrates a second daughter born through a surrogate mother in the US, NSW law is about to change to declare criminal mothers who attempt to do the same. The NSW's Surrogacy Act, which was passed in November but has not yet come into force, will impose penalties of t... [More]

Bill in Australia moves to ban human gene patents

by jeeg 24. November 2010 18:56
  Legislation to outlaw the patenting of human genes has been introduced into the federal parliament by NSW Liberal senator Bill Heffernan. In the past, patents have been granted to biotechnology companies for genes linked to breast and ovarian cancers. But Senator Heffernan says that's ... [More]

Public Support for GM Food Drops in Australia

by jeeg 28. October 2010 20:17
Australians continue to support biotechnologies that provide health and environmental benefits, but support for genetically modified foods has dropped since 2007, a new national survey has found. The latest study of public perception towards biotechnologies – conducted biannually over t... [More]

Myriad Offers to "Gift" Its Breast Cancer Patent to Australia

by jeeg 30. September 2010 00:00
Myriad Genetics, in mid-August, 2010, sent a letter offering to surrender its Australian BRCA1 breast cancer gene.  The letter said, "Myriad wishes to gift Australian Patent No 686004 (the Patent) to the people of Australia."  On September 2, 2010, the Commissioner of Patents published n... [More]

Myriad Gene Patent Litigation Goes Down Under

by jeeg 21. June 2010 22:43
On Tuesday, June 9, 2010, several plaintiffs, including a breast cancer patient and a cancer advocacy group, sued in a Sydney, Australia federal court to invalidate Myriad Genetics’ patents on the breast cancer susceptibility genes BRCA-1 and 2. According to published reports and comment... [More]

Bid to halt patenting of genes in Australia

by jeeg 8. June 2010 00:02
A landmark court case is set to challenge the legality of an Australian-issued patent for a breast and ovarian cancer gene. If successful, the case could set a precedent leading to other gene patents being overturned. The case could also strengthen calls by researchers, doctors and heal... [More]
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