Biological-material laws need refining

by jeeg 4. March 2013 21:28
It seems like the simplest thing in the world: your cells, tissues and fluids should belong to you. After all, your body belongs to you, doesn't it? It's not that simple. In fact, this question is at the heart of decades' worth of biomedical research. Though we've come a long way from th... [More]

Private companies own your DNA – again

by jeeg 1. August 2011 19:09
Many scientists cheered last year when a federal judge ruled that human genes couldn’t be patented. The case involved Myriad Genetics, which holds the patent rights on two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, that are associated with increased risks for breast and ovarian cancer. Thanks to these pate... [More]

Scientists to EU Court: Patents on Stem Cells Must Be Allowed

by jeeg 29. April 2011 22:19
What’s the News: As a European court looks poised to ban the patenting of technologies using human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), a group of prominent scientists has issued a warning: regenerative medicine is never going to leave the lab if no one can make money on it. What’s t... [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]

Murdoch campaigns against gene patenting

by jeeg 17. November 2010 22:48
Sarah Murdoch will have breakfast with federal MPs today as part of a campaign to end the patenting of human genes by biotechnology firms.   "Biotechnology firms should not be granted legal rights over the genes that make up our bodies," the National Breast Cancer Foundation patron sai... [More]
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