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Web Date: March 27, 2012

Supreme Court Orders Review Of Gene Patents

Intellectual Property: Patentability of DNA-based inventions is at stake in closely watched case
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: human gene patents

On Monday, the Supreme Court set aside an appeals court ruling that allows human genes to be patented and ordered that court to rehear the case.

The justices instructed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Washington, D.C., to reconsider its July 29, 2011, decision that allowed patents on two “isolated” human genes used in tests for breast and ovarian cancer developed by Myriad Genetics, a biotech . . .

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