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Who Owns Your Genes? You’d Be Surprised.

 by Julie Hanus

Tags: Science and Technology, health, genes, patents, ACLU, Public Patent Foundation, First Amendment, BRCA, National Coalition Against Censorship, Censorship News,

are gene patents constitutional?The American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation are challenging the constitutionality of gene patents, reports Censorship News, the newsletter of the National Coalition Against Censorship. The groups recently filed a case, “Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. United States Patent and Trademark Office, et al.,” which concerns two patents held on mutations of the BRCA gene.

Mutations of this gene are linked to increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer, and the patents have been used to prevent other researchers from doing work involving the gene. “Like the ACLU, we think this violates the First Amendment,” Censorship News asserts, and promises to keep its readers updated on developments in the case.

Source: Censorship News

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