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Human genes cannot be patented, court rules

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  • Teresa Binstock
    Gene patents: Supreme Court says extracted human DNA can t be patented http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-gene-patents-20130613,0,1509412.story
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      Gene patents: Supreme Court says extracted human DNA can't be patented
      http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-gene-patents-20130613,0,1509412.story

      WASHINGTON—
      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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