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N.Y. judge strips bio-tech firm of patent over genes.

This is an interesting development. A N.Y. district court judge has voided the patent held by a Utah company over two genes. This is significant because it will allow other companies to use this gene in research for breast cancer testing and therapy. The judge stated that patents over gene sequences are valuable, in that they promote competition, however he countered that argument by stating genes are not patentable because they are a product of the ‘law of nature.’

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The full story: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=162622

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  1. Lauren
    April 11, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    hmm i do not think that naturally occurring genes can be patented…I mean most of the population has these sequences!

    also, in terms of research, genes should not be patented because it hinders scientific progress in treatment!

    artificially built genes – such as genes used in altered viruses as advanced treatments could be patented, however.

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