Marcy Darnovsky
Supreme Court: No One Can Patent Our Genes

The Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling against Myriad Genetics is a triumph for common sense and the common good, and for scientific research and legal fundamentals as well. The decision means that all of the existing patents on human genes—some 15,000 of them—are no longer valid. It affirms a century of legal precedent that prohibits patents […]

Patently False

The email’s subject line was meant to be a grabber: “Surprising results: Does the public support DNA patents?”The link was to an article in the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s December newsletter about a “new survey that points to the general public’s support for patenting DNA-based products.”Public support for patents on genes? That did sound surprising. For […]

The Battle to Patent Your Genes

A legal showdown looms over the corporations that want to own our DNA.

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