Human genes cannot be patented, court rules
- Gene patents: Supreme Court says extracted human DNA can't be patented
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled partially for Myriad Genetics
Inc on the closely watched issue of whether human genes can be patented,
deciding synthetically produced genetic material can be patented but
naturally occurring DNA cannot.
The nine justices ruled unanimously in the case. The biotechnology
industry had warned that an expansive ruling against Myriad could
threaten billions of dollars of investment.
The court said synthetically produced genetic material can be patented
but that genes extracted from the human body, known as isolated DNA, do
not merit the same legal protections....
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