June 15, 2013

SCOTUS Gene Ruling Reads Like 7th Grade Report

Noam Prywes, Slate

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In a unanimous ruling yesterday, the Supreme Court held that patenting a gene violates Section 101 of the Patent Act. Though Myriad Genetics had indeed made “new and useful” discoveries, these fell into a long-held exception that “laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas are not patentable.” However, the court found cDNA (complementary DNA) to be patentable.

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