ACLU v. Gene Patents Will Go To Court
Last week, we featured an article ACLU v. The Gene Patents about a challenge mounted by the ACLU and the Public Patent Foundation to the patents on two genes associated with breast cancer. On Monday, in the words of the ACLU:
"A federal district court ruled today that patients and scientists can challenge patents on human genes in court, allowing a lawsuit challenging patents on two human genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer to move forward. "… The groups charge that the patents are illegal and restrict both scientific research and patients’ access to medical care, and that patents on human genes violate the First Amendment and patent law because genes are ‘products of nature."