Background on Gene Patenting and Today's Supreme Court Decision

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 11:25 AM

Earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled, in a unanimous decision, that human genes can not be patented. The decision will shaped medical research in the decades to come. To find out more about gene patenting, we've collected our interviews on how it works and why the US Patent Office had already offered tens of thousands patents on genes.

Harriet Washington on the rush to patent human genes

Our Look at Gene Patenting when the case against Myriad Genetics was first filed


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Comments [1]


The decision will shaped medical research in the decades to come.
Should be will SHAPE, not shape.

Jun. 14 2013 03:29 PM

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