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Gene Patents Decision: Everybody Wins

By | June 18, 2013

Last week’s Supreme Court decision to invalidate patents on human genes was a win for patients, independent researchers, and even the wider biotech industry.

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Supreme Court Nixes Patenting Human Genes

By | June 13, 2013

The Justices have decided that isolated sequences of human DNA are not eligible for patent protection, but rules that artificial sequences can be patented.  

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Why Women’s Eggs Don’t Last

By | February 13, 2013

As reproductive tissues age, DNA repair mechanisms become less efficient, causing genomic damage to accumulate.

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Should Human Genes be Patented?

By | December 3, 2012

The Supreme Court agrees to hear a case deciding if two cancer genes should continue to be protected by patent.

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Court Rules Gene Patents Valid

By | August 17, 2012

Myriad Genetics can hold patents on the BRAC1 and BRAC2 oncogenes, but not on tests comparing DNA sequences.

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Gene Patents Back in Court

By | June 19, 2012

A public interest legal group has renewed the fight against DNA patenting.

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Finding Phenotypes

By | April 1, 2012

Genes shared across species that produce different phenotypes – deafness in humans and directional growth in plants – may reveal new models of disease.

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A Cancer-Heart Disease Link

By | December 22, 2011

Mutations known to increase the risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer may also make carriers susceptible to heart failure.

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Mom’s Versus Dad’s BRCA

By | December 13, 2011

The age at which BRCA carriers are diagnosed with breast cancer may depend on which parent contributed the mutation.

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BRCA1 Further Elucidated

By | October 27, 2011

Researchers have pinpointed the region of a key cancer gene that’s involved in tumor suppression.

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