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In the News: BRCA Genes Cannot be Patented

Hot off the heels of Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy decision – due to being BRCA mutation positive – a June 13, 2013 decision by the Supreme Court now rules that human genes cannot be patented. ┬áThe debate regarding DNA ownership centers heavily on Myriad Genetics, which was awarded patents for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations (actual patents on DNA sequences) in the 1990s. ┬áThe gates are now open for others to offer BRCA1/2 testing for reduced prices, an opportunity companies are already capitalizing on within a mere 24 hours of the ruling.

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