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14 July 2013

How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality

Author: Joseph E. Stiglitz, New York Times

The good news coming from the Supreme Court was that in the United States, genes could not be patented…This had two enormous practical implications: one is it meant that there could now be competition to develop better, more accurate, less expensive...

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13 June 2013

Supreme Court Gene Ruling Benefits Biotech, Breast Cancer Research [USA]

Author: Megan McGrath, Voice of America

Everyone has BRCA genes in their cells. If you are a woman and one of your BRCA gene copies has a mutation, your risk of developing breast cancer is very high - up to 87 percent in some cases…Myriad Genetics Inc. was the first to discover the healthy,...

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13 June 2013

US Supreme Court unanimously rules human DNA cannot be patented in case against Myriad Genetics over breast cancer gene

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12 May 2009

Cancer patients challenge the patenting of a gene [USA]

Author: John Schwartz, New York Times [USA]

[A] lawsuit against Myriad Genetics and the Patent Office, challenging the decision to grant a patent on a gene to Myriad and companies like it…blends patent law, medical science, breast cancer activism and an unusual civil liberties argument...

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