Category: USA Law
Supreme Court rules that human genes cannot be patented
Supreme Court rules that human genes cannot be patented (+video) – CSMonitor.com
The US Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that human genes and the information they contain cannot be patented by medical researchers, a holding that is expected to make it easier to engage in genetic research and cheaper for medical patients to obtain genetic testing.
he unanimous decision came in a case involving patents protecting genes with certain genetic mutations that scientists say can signal a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer in women.