Does patenting genes stifle innovation and health care access?

Three years in the making, the now highly publicized American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against Myriad Genetics is still hanging in the balance. On May 12, 2009, ACLU sued Myriad Genetics, a Salt Lake City-based company that holds patents for the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, both of which affect risk for developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Representing individual scientists and physicians, genetic counselors, patients and scientific organizations, ACLU claimed these patents were invalid.

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