Patents – is this the way to go? There has to be a balance, but what is it?

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The High Court of Australia is to hear whether Myriad Genetics’ gene patent stands in an appeal by Queensland cancer survivor Yvonne DÁrcy In September 2014, breast cancer sufferers were devastated at a decision by the full bench of the Federal Court that a private company (Myriad) may have the right to control human genes …

DNA Helix

Gene patents

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Gene patents are patents on DNA products that have been successfully isolated and purified/modified with known functions.  In the United States, as of 2010 there are nearly 40,000 patents on an estimated 2,000 human genes. There is tremendous debate about the validity of these patents.  Some claim that they provide adequate incentives to inspire new …