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SCOTUS: DNA Can't be Patented

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posted on Jun, 13 2013 @ 10:31 AM
Good news!

The Supreme has ruled that DNA can't be patented by private companies or individuals, who have successfully isolated that gene, because genes are naturally occurring.

Take that Big Pharma and Monsanto! HAHA!

The Supreme Court says companies cannot patent human genes, a decision that could profoundly affect the medical and biotechnology industries. In a unanimous decision, the court struck down patents held by Myriad Genetics Inc. on two genes linked to increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Opponents say patent protection shouldn't be given to something that can be found inside the human body.

The idea that a corporation could claim ownership to your unique genes is scary at best, terrifying is some cases.

I remember hearing of a case where an certain individual generated a rare set of genes that were able to be recreated and were able to be used to help defeat a debilitating disease in a multitude of sufferers. The company that isolated that individual's unique gene were claiming ownership of this individual's genes, and therefore, ownership of the "cure". The implications that one company, and one company only could withhold or sell a remedy to whomever they pleased, for whatever price they pleased, is just down right evil!

In a world where corporations play god, this is very, very good news for the medical and agricultural community!

posted on Jun, 13 2013 @ 10:33 AM
Already posted.

posted on Jun, 13 2013 @ 10:35 AM
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posted on Jun, 13 2013 @ 10:39 AM

Originally posted by buster2010
Already posted.

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