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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Human genes patented?

No. It is a curiosity why anyone would want to patent the human DNA, the building blocks of every living thing in the planet. Who owns Nature? Why would anyone want to have the exclusive rights to it? While the judge's ruling is clear cut, it would be interesting to know the pharmaceutical company's rationale behind it. What do they have in mind? What are their arguments? Share your thoughts on this.

Judge Invalidates Human Gene Patent
In a ruling with potentially far-reaching implications for the patenting of human genes, a judge on Monday struck down a company’s patents on two genes linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.