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12-10-2012, 10:10 AM
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Supreme Court to Consider Whether Patents on Genes Are Valid; Verdict post 30

The Supreme Court will decide whether human genes can be patented, a long-disputed legal question that has implications for the future of personalized health care.
The justices will consider a challenge to Myriad Genetics’ patents on genetic material—BRCA1 and BRCA2—used in tests to identify an increased risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
The question for the Court is whether genes removed from the cell in a laboratory are human-made inventions eligible for patent protection or products of nature that cannot be patented.
Patents provide protection to allow "creators"/discoverers to capitalize on finding (and recoup their costs).

So, the (eventual) decision can have a wide ranging impact on funding/payment on R&D and utilization of genetic material

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