Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Gene Patents Ruled Invalid

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet declared patents on genes to be invalid. In this particular case, a genetics company, Myriad Genetics Inc., had a patent on a test for inherited breast cancer, with "tight control over use of the genes." (BusinessWeek) The company was sued last May by the American Civil Liberties Union and cancer patients who had their treatments limited due to the patents held by Myriad Genetics.

While this ruling is sure to be challenged, this is good news for, well, basically anybody with genes - and for genetic discoveries in the future related to hearing loss and other disabilities.

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