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Should Your Genes Be Subject to Patents?

No, Says a New ACLU Lawsuit
Robert I. Field, JD, MPH, PhD
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The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Myriad Genetics, a company whose patents protect information about genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer. The status of gene patents may be changing in an age where patients are able to sequence their own DNA and our knowledge about the human genome is expanding more rapidly than ever.