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Almost half of all patents relating to the genes of marine organisms belong to one large international corporation, BASF, a new study reveals.  

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Do Patents Promote or Stall Innovation?

By Catherine Offord | June 1, 2016

A petition recently filed with the Supreme Court triggers renewed debate about the role of patents in the diagnostics sector.

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Myriad, Post Mortem

By The Scientist Staff | June 1, 2016

David Schwartz of the Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago, Kent College of Law, discusses the impact of the US Supreme Court unanimously striking down Myriad Genetics' patent of human BRCA genes and tests to detect mutations in them.

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TS Picks: January 29, 2014

By Tracy Vence | January 29, 2015

Celebrating lab techs; Myriad settles suits; publish in top-tier journals or perish

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Australian Court Upholds Patents on Human Genes

By Molly Sharlach | September 8, 2014

The Federal Court of Australia rejected an appeal of a ruling that allows companies to patent isolated human genes.

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Guidelines for Gene Patent Ruling

By Jef Akst | March 7, 2014

The USPTO offers guidance to its patent examiners on how to interpret the Supreme Court’s rulings in the recent Myriad and Prometheus cases.

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The Scientist on The Pulse #2

By Kerry Grens | January 8, 2014

Kerry Grens looks back at the biggest science stories in 2013

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Genetics Firm Gets Baby-Predicting Patent

By Bob Grant | October 4, 2013

23andMe denies that its new patent will be used to help couples create designer babies based on personal genetic testing.

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Speaking of Science

By The Scientist Staff | August 1, 2013

August 2013's selection of notable quotes

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Another Lawsuit over Genetic Tests

By Kate Yandell | July 11, 2013

Myriad Genetics, the company originally behind tests for the cancer-associated BRCA mutations, is suing two competitors for patent infringement.

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