View Full Version : Human DNA cannot be patented in the US - New Supreme Court Ruling

13-06-2013, 04:39 PM
Human genes may not be patented, but artificially copied DNA can be claimed as intellectual property, the US Supreme Court has ruled unanimously.

The court quashed patents held by a Utah-based firm on two genes believed linked to breast and ovarian cancer.

The opinion said DNA came from nature and was not eligible for patenting.

Cogs of big pharma will grind to a halt now. Doors that were shut previously to research could be opened now that no one will have to pay 'royalties'....Why does the same not apply to crops like potatoes etc? Monsanto would be out of business wouldnt they?