Supreme Court to hear Patenting Human Genome Case.

The Supreme Court is to hear Association for v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. in 2013.

This case is about whether human isolated can be patented. Myriad genetics isolated two related , or 1-2, which have been correlated to increase the susceptibility of .

Myriad created genetic testing at a costly price and prevented other companies and from providing genetic testing, citing .

The research community is concerned as to the effect gene patents will have on the of , as well as the accessibility of lifesaving cancer screening tests that rely on the use of patented .

that are isolated from organisms and from the are considered part of a public domain. They are not genetically modified that have been created, rather they are isolates from the .

This case could have a far reaching impact on mandating specific type of genetic testing which would be out of reach for the general at population if one company could cite for patenting a component of the .

Source

Supreme Court docket files.

 

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