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Supreme Court Rejects Patents on 2 Naturally Occurring Genes

When Angelina Jolie announced last month that she decided to get a prophylactic double mastectomy, she based her decision on the presence of the BRCA1 gene in her body—a gene that was detected via a costly medical test.The Supreme Court today unanimously struck down patents on BRCA1 and BRCA2 —two genes linked to hereditary forms of breast and ovarian cancer—when the genes occur in the body...

June 13, 2013 — Dina Fine Maron
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