Brought to you by U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet, who finally said what we were all thinking: the idea that you can patent human genes just because you were the first to find/identify it/them is not what patent law was meant for.
The ruling that[sic] could invalidate patents held on almost 20 percent of the human genome. There is a long-simmering debate within the biotech and scientific communities over whether it makes sense to patent genes. At this point, most scientists agree that patents on genes retard scientific innovation. When companies request a huge fee for somebody to develop medicines related to genes they own, it can cause real harm to people and researchers who can’t afford the pharmaceutical companies’ asking prices.
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