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    The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce sometime this month whether it is possible to patent human genes.

    The American Civil Liberties Union represented research scientists and health advocates who teamed up in 2009 to challenge patents issued in the 1990s to Myriad Genetics, a Utah-based biotech company, and the University of Utah Research Foundation. Myriad has patented the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes; mutations indicate a hereditary predisposition to certain breast and ovarian cancers. The Supreme Court heard arguments in April in the case of Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. Myriad Genetics Inc.

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    The ACLU briefing notes said that “Myriad’s monopoly on the BRCA genes makes it impossible for women to access other tests or get a second opinion about their results and allows Myriad to charge a high rate for its test — over $3,000.” Critics said the company, which has vigorously enforced its patents, has blocked development and use of better technologies and driven up costs.

    Women earned 59 cents for every dollar a man earned when President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law. Today, it’s about 77 cent . To anyone who says 77 cents on the dollar sounds pretty close to equal I say your math is bad. ~ Pres. Obama

    by anyname on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 01:12:34 AM PDT

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