Supreme Court Rules Against Patenting Of Human Genes

 Patenting Of Human GenesGreat to know that I’m not infringing on anyone’s copyrights with my existence. The Los Angeles Times reports:

In a unanimous ruling Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that human genes are a product of nature and cannot be patented and held for profit, a decision that medical experts said will lead to more genetic testing for cancers and other diseases and to lower costs for patients.

The decision invalidates a Utah company’s patents on two genes that are linked to breast and ovarian cancer, and is likely to lead to several thousand other gene patents being tossed as well.

The court’s decision also came as a relief to the biotech industry. While the justices agreed “naturally occurring DNA” cannot be patented, they also said DNA “synthetically created” in a lab can be patented. Industry lawyers had worried the court could issue a sweeping decision that would wipe out patents for genetically engineered drugs or farm products.

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  • Ittabena

    >Industry lawyers had worried the court could issue a sweeping decision
    that would wipe out patents for genetically engineered drugs or farm
    products.

    Yeah, they were real worried.

  • Ittabena

    >Industry lawyers had worried the court could issue a sweeping decision
    that would wipe out patents for genetically engineered drugs or farm
    products.

    Yeah, they were real worried.

  • BuzzCoastin

    God, the original patent holder
    breathed a sigh of relief

  • Nomi

    So, the moral of the story is, don’t have any dna modified or have the misfortune to be created from synthetic dna because you will literally be owned?

    • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

      Also, don’t catch any GM viruses, which also modify your DNA.

      • Nomi

        Could meta-programming states potentially counteract things like that? I wonder how the justice system would respond to a case of patented dna that has been modified in such a way.

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