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Old 06-10-2013, 09:07 AM
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A Patent on Your DNA? What the Looming Supreme Court Ruling Means for You

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Can someone else patent your genes? The Supreme Court is scheduled to rule some time this month on that question a suit filed against Myriad Genetics for its patent on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, which raise the risk of breast, ovarian and certain other cancers.

Opponents of patenting human DNA say a ruling in favor of Myriad will mean companies can own your genes, even though experts say it's more complicated than that. The patents set off a cascade of effects, opponents argue: it gives the company a monopoly on the test that can identify whether patients have the BRCA mutations so other companies can't offer their own tests as a second opinion. There's also no one to compete with the Myriad's $3,000 price tag on the test.

Myriad has long argued that it's not patenting anyone's genes. Instead, the company says, it separates them from the rest of the DNA and creates lab-made copies and that's what is patented and used in the test. The company has also licensed a few medical centers to run second-opinion tests.

But some say that regardless of how the court decides, it's likely the average person won't really be affected in any obvious, immediate way. Myriad's first 20-year patent on the genes runs out next year, although patent experts say the company has a variety of opportunities to extend that by a few years.

(Read More: Crick LetterRevealing DNA Sells for $6 Million)

"Even if the patents are thrown out today, that doesn't make the test available" since it would take time for other companies to develop a test, said John Conley, a law professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who's taken a special interest in the case. "The patents are going to expire before any competitors could come into the field anyway.

"This case would have been a lot more important had it been decided 10 or 12 years ago," he added. "A lot of things have happened in law and science since then."

The science has now moved far beyond the clunky, whole-gene sequencing method that Myriad uses so it's becoming less relevant. Companies can now sequence your entire genome for you, and in a few years they might even be able to interpret the information in a meaningful way.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/100802592

DNA patents is a big business, do you agree that some corporations will patents human genes?
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Putting a patent on a gene, is really just keeping development back. Stupidity at it's highest to even consider it.
 
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Putting a patent on a gene, is really just keeping development back. Stupidity at it's highest to even consider it.
I think you are misunderstanding, human genes cannot be patented, BUT synthetic genes could be patented.

Where is the stupidity?
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I think you are misunderstanding, human genes cannot be patented, BUT synthetic genes could be patented.

Where is the stupidity?
Hmm, might have misunderstood something. As I understood it, the company wanted to patent a specific gene, so no one but them could work with it.
 
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Hmm, might have misunderstood something. As I understood it, the company wanted to patent a specific gene, so no one but them could work with it.
Here is what the court said:

"The Court unanimously agreed that "A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated, but cDNA is patentable because it is not naturally occurring."

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Here is what the court said:

"The Court unanimously agreed that "A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated, but cDNA is patentable because it is not naturally occurring."

http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-...13-909323.html
Alright, then I misunderstood it completely. My bad.
 
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Alright, then I misunderstood it completely. My bad.
Don't worry about it, people are barely aware that these big pharma corporations have tried many times to patent the human genome.

In this case they took the human DNA and extracted a specific human gene, than they wanted to patent the human gene extracted. They cannot do that and the Judges were excellent.
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