Supreme Court to Consider Whether Patents on Genes Are Valid; Verdict post 30
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12-10-2012, 10:43 PM
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that article is just vague enough to stir people up into a frenzy. on the surface it sounds like They just want to protect a set of unique 100% fabricated genes using their proprietary process, which I totally get. In my mind its no different than Pfizer or even Budweiser holding their new process for brewing close to the chest, and patenting and selling a new line of drug/beer.
Some of the quotes from opponents, however, almost make it sound like Myriad might hold some key patents that are serving for barriers to entry others to enter the field, and if that's the case I do have a problem with that. Monopoly can be just as big a killer of innovation as lack of incentive.
Crom an actual science perspective though- how friggin cool is that?! I had no idea we were at the point of crafting unique genes, and actually applying them too! I think it's awesome that someone has figured out a way to get the human body to accept not just new genetic material, but man-made genetic material.
Designer babies not far off, eh?
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