The Outrageous Cost of a Gene Test

by jeeg 22. May 2013 21:37
ANGELINA JOLIE’S revelation that she had had a preventive double mastectomy was eloquent and brave. She had learned that she inherited a faulty copy of a gene, BRCA1, that put her at high risk for invasive breast cancer as well as ovarian cancer. Now women everywhere are asking: Should I g... [More]

Jolie’s double mastectomy highlights Supreme Court 'cancer gene' patent battle

by jeeg 14. May 2013 23:46
Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy revelation had the unintended side-effect of boosting the share price for the biotech firm that owns the patent to her “breast cancer gene,” highlighting an ongoing US Supreme Court battle over the right to patent life. On Monday, Jolie tol... [More]

Appeals Court Hears Arguments in Gene Patent Case

by jeeg 5. April 2011 05:09
An appeals court here heard arguments Monday in a high-profile case on whether human genes can be patented -- a case whose outcome could have far-reaching effects on genetic testing at the onset of the era of personalized medicine. A panel of three appeals court judges on the U.S. Court of Ap... [More]

Gene patents and democracy

by jeeg 1. April 2011 21:22
On 4 April, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC will review a case that calls into question patents on human genes. Much of the debate has focused on how the case might reshape the future of biotechnology research and genomic medicine. But what is at least as impo... [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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