Blog of Rights

Sorry, Stephen Colbert: Gene Patents Are Unlawful

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:32pm

Last night, Stephen Colbert railed against the ACLU's lawsuit against Myriad Genetics, which control patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 human genes, which are associated with breast and ovarian cancer. Last month, a federal district court judge ruled that these patents are invalid.

Colbert sent us a message: "Just a quick side-note to the ACLU: you might not want to make enemies of the people who own cancer." He then showed a clip of the 60 Minutes segment about our case, and asked: "why cure cancer if you can't make a buck off of it?"

We're all for capitalism, Stephen, but not when it sacrifices women's health and scientific freedom.

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