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Gene Patents

Genetic Testing Should Adhere to Medical, Not Business, Ethics: FDA's Regulation of 23andMe Is a Welcome Move for Consumers

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Karuna Jaggar

Public health and patient protection should come before company profit. And this week the FDA has taken a welcome stand to protect public health by insisting that what is clearly a medical service be regulated as such.

Victory! Supreme Court Decides: Our Genes Belong to Us, Not Companies

Sandra Park | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Sandra Park

Should companies be able to patent human genes? Today, the Supreme Court answered that profound question with a resounding NO. Seems like common sense, right?

Angelina Jolie, Doctors, Patenting Genes, and You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Angelina Jolie's openness about her decision to undergo mastectomies because of the BRCA1 mutation can help inspire countless women to face this difficult decision. Yet several obstacles exist that deserve attention, concerning doctors and costs of testing.

Tenth Anniversary of the Mapping of the Human Genome: What It Means for Us All

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Science
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

These miraculous discoveries present us with countless dilemmas and are far outpacing our abilities to grasp and address their ethical, legal and social implications. We need more public and professional education and attention to how it is affecting our lives and how it should affect our lives.

Patenting Human Genes Harms People

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

The Supreme Court's decision about today's case will either extend or crimp the capacity of patients, doctors, researchers and other biotechnology firms, to use information about the human body to detect and treat other illnesses in the future.

Supreme Court To Weigh Patentability Of Human Genes

Reuters | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics

* Oral arguments begin Monday in Myriad Genetics patent suit * Legal issues center on whether genes are products of nature * Critics say patents...

BRCA1 and BRCA2 Gene Patent Debate Reaches the U.S. Supreme Court: Why Everyone Should Care

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 06.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Stordahl

This ongoing debate on gene patents boils down to one simple question: Should anyone, in this case Myriad Genetics, be allowed to patent human genes? For me this case is personal.

Gene Patents

Myles Jackson | Posted 01.29.2013 | Science
Myles Jackson

When one thinks of patents, one generally thinks of mechanical contraptions, the products of a creative genius, such as Thomas Edison. Rarely does one think of human genes. Alas, since 1982 the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted patents on human genes.

Are DNA Patents Doomed?

| Posted 04.03.2012 | Healthy Living

By Ricki Lewis (Click here for the original article) DNA is special. Unlike other body parts, it holds information. Even discarding a blood spot o...

Battle Over Gene Patents Most Likely Headed to Supreme Court

Simone Rose | Posted 10.21.2011 | Politics
Simone Rose

Courts need to be the keepers of the Constitution. But the Federal Circuit has failed its duty in the current battle over the patentability of isolated genes and gene sequences that are crucial to the fight against breast and ovarian cancer.

I Want My Body Back: Why Corporations Shouldn't Hold Gene Patents

Amy Boesky | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amy Boesky

It turns out my body isn't completely mine. One of my genes--the one that's had the biggest impact on my life--is owned and controlled by a biotech firm in Utah.

Gene Patent Trial Begins: Biotech Researchers Sued Over Ownership Of Gene Discoveries

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

NEW YORK — A judge on Tuesday weighed whether a lawsuit should proceed that seeks to invalidate a company's patents on two genes linked to an in...