from Natural News: In a unanimous ruling, the United States Supreme Court ruled today that
human genes cannot be patented. The ruling invalidates the thousands of
patents that have already been granted on human genes, including the
patent by Myriad Genetics on the BRCA breast cancer genes which the
company says no one else can research or even detect without paying it a royalty. Click here to read the complete ruling.
did not create anything," said Justice Clarence Thomas. "To be sure, it
found an important and useful gene, but separating that gene from its
surrounding genetic material is not an act of invention."
exactly. This point should have been obvious to the lower courts, too,
but in today's world of corporate domination over seemingly everything,
gene industry lawyers were able to argue that patent protection would
somehow inspire more innovation and research. "The biotechnology
industry had warned that an expansive ruling against Myriad could
threaten billions of dollars of investment," wrote Reuters.
exactly the opposite is true. Gene patents restricted research and
created medical monopolies that raised prices for consumers. Even USA Today
seemingly gets this point, saying, "The decision represents a victory
for cancer patients, researchers and geneticists who claimed that a
single company's patent raised costs, restricted research and sometimes
forced women to have breasts or ovaries removed without sufficient facts
or second opinions."