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Tide turning against gene patents

 
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The US DOJ recently filed papers in a court case, advocating against the patenting of genes. In this particular case, the genes in question are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/30/business/30drug.html?_r=2

The brief itself acknowledges that recent legal precedent and government policy allow for genes to be patented, but there is an older precedent (as of now, part of my signature text) that products of nature, rather than of human ingenuity, have no place in the patent system.

It warms my heart that one small step has been taken, and I hope this trend continues.
 
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please please let this be the beginning of a trend
 
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