The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that human genes cannot be patentedSubmitted by firefox on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 11:17
This morning, the Supreme Court handed down a largely unanimous opinion holding that a “naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated, but that [synthetic DNA] is patent eligible because it is not naturally occurring.” This holding is consistent with longstanding law establishing that “[l]aws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas are not patentable,” but instead belong to all inventors and to the public at large.
The case, Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myraid Genetics concerned attempts to patent a scientific discovery of a particular gene that is tied to breast and ovarian cancer risk, in addition to attempts to patent man-made DNA sequence. Under the Court’s opinion, the first kind of discovery cannot be patented, but the later can.
Still kind of a let down considering genetically modified genes can still be patented... but it's still a step in the right direction :)