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US Supreme Court rules that human genes cannot be patented

Added: Wednesday 26 June 2013

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that human genes cannot be patented, because a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature. The ruling was the result of a court case against a company called Myriad Genetics, which holds patents for two genes associated with an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The parties opposing Myriad in the court case argued that it is bad for patients if one company has a monopoly on testing for a particular gene mutation.


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