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Supreme Court Rules on Gene Patents: June 13, 2013

Supreme Court Rules on Gene Patents: June 13, 2013

Supreme court rules on gene patents: June 13, 2013

Generating much publicity and increasing the visibility of genetic testing, movie star Angelina Jolie revealed this year that she had tested positive for genetic mutations that dramatically increased the likelihood she would develop breast or ovarian cancer. With this knowledge, she chose to limit her cancer risk by undergoing an elective double mastectomy. She learned of her genetically high risk of cancer from a test she took provided by Myriad Genetics, a diagnostics company from Salt Lake City, that had identified and isolated and then patented the human BRCA genes, mutations of which are strongly linked to these cancers. Myriad's patent on these genes gave them monopoly protection ...

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