The Supreme Court's Gene Patenting Decision Was Personal

by jeeg 21. June 2013 18:45
The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that human genes cannot be patented, and this is exciting news for cancer patients, and individuals seeking to learn more about their genetic risk for disease.   The unanimous decision in Association of Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetic... [More]

After Patent Ruling, Availability of Gene Tests Could Broaden

by jeeg 14. June 2013 22:09
Almost immediately after the Supreme Court ruled that human genes could not be patented, several laboratories announced they, too, would begin offering genetic testing for breast cancer risk, making it likely that that test and others could become more affordable and more widely available. ... [More]

CRG Statement: Supreme Court Ruling Invalidates Gene Patents

by jeeg 13. June 2013 22:08
Today the Supreme Court issued a resounding no to the question of whether human genes can be patented.  In a unanimous decision the Court held that “a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated…the portion ... [More]

Supreme Court says isolated human genes cannot be patented

by jeeg 13. June 2013 20:59
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that companies cannot patent parts of naturally-occurring human genes, a decision with the potential to profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries. The high court’s unanimous judgment reverses three decades of paten... [More]

A Patent on Life-CRG Board Chair Sheldon Krimsky interviewed on The Myriad Gene Patent Case

by jeeg 8. June 2013 00:20
In May, the actress Angelina Jolie announced she had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she inherited a faulty copy of the BRCA1 gene, which put her at a high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. The genetic testing that gave her this information can only be conducted by one company, M... [More]

Ownership of Genes Stops Research

by jeeg 7. June 2013 20:58
Gene patents have both restricted and distorted research. The clearest example is the way Myriad Genetics has used its patents on BRCA genes to become the sole provider of comprehensive BRCA testing, shutting down many of the early BRCA testing services that were part of genetics research proj... [More]

Supreme Court: US genes patent decision may depend on strands in Myriad argument

by jeeg 28. May 2013 21:43
It was obvious from the questions they asked and analogies that they dreamt up that the nine US Supreme Court justices hearing one of the most important and complex patent cases in a decade were not wholly comfortable with the subject at hand.   The question before them – whether ... [More]

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]

Defending Genomic Liberty

by jeeg 16. May 2013 01:12
The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments and examined one of the most pivotal cases in healthcare and personalized medicine: AMP v. Myriad Genetics. The case will determine if patents on human genes should be allowed, and the Court is expected to issue a decision next month. This case i... [More]

Intellectual Property Rights Gone Wild

by jeeg 14. May 2013 23:54
The Supreme Court recently began deliberations in a case that highlights a deeply problematic issue concerning intellectual property rights: Can human genes—your genes—be patented? Put another way, should someone essentially be permitted to own the right, say, to test whether you hav... [More]
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