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At Our Bodies Our Blog: OBOS Joins ACLU Lawsuit Challenging Breast and Ovarian Cancer Gene Patents

June 4, 2009

On May 12, the ACLU and the Public Patent Foundation filed a lawsuit against the U.S Patent and Trademark Office, Myriad Genetics and the University of Utah Research Foundation, “charging that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer are unconstitutional and invalid.” The suit focuses on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, mutations of which are related to increased risk of breast and/or ovarian cancers. OBOS has joined the suit as a plaintiff, along with Breast Cancer Action and others. Learn more about the suit, the issue in general, and how to sign a statement of support for the effort at Our Bodies Our Blog.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Freaky Weasel permalink
    June 4, 2009 12:43 pm

    Not knowing anything at all about patents, I have to ask, can you patent something that occurs naturally in…nature?

    If anything, the religious would claim that their various deities hold that patent, right?

  2. June 4, 2009 6:40 pm

    I don’t know if they should have issued the patents according to how the patent law is written, but they did for these – it certainly seems weird, though, doesn’t it?

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