BRCA

The U.S. Supreme Court is about to decide whether a private company can own a part of your body.

Currently, a company called Myriad Genetics “owns” two genes known as BRCA 1 and BRCA2 –or Breast Cancer 1 and Breast Cancer 2. Women with certain mutations in these genes have a strong chance of getting breast or ovarian cancer.

This has very dangerous implications for women’s health, and it’s illegal. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging the validity of these gene patents. On April 15, 2013, the ACLU argued the case before the U.S. Supreme Court. We expect a decision this summer.

Read more about BRCA on our FAQ page here.

Take Back Our Genes – Join the Fight Against Gene Patenting

Take Back Our Genes – Join the Fight Against Gene Patenting

We can bring an end to gene patenting to ensure the human genome, and all DNA found in nature, is open to everyone for the benefit of everyone – not just corporate profits.

Today We Take Back Our Genes

Today We Take Back Our Genes

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 12:59pm

Today the ACLU is launching a campaign to illustrate the personal harms of gene patenting by showcasing those who have been or may be directly impacted by this practice.

ACLU Asks Supreme Court to Hear Gene Patents Case

ACLU Asks Supreme Court to Hear Gene Patents Case

By Sarah Roberts, Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 5:49pm

Today, the ACLU petitioned the Supreme Court to hear our case challenging patents on two human genes related to breast and ovarian cancer.

The case, Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. vs. Myriad Genetics, et al., was filed in 2009…

Your Genes, Your Rights

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:13pm

This post is part of Mom's Rising's Blog Carnival on women's health and economic rights, held this week to commemorate the anniversaries of the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment and the 1963 March on Washington.

When you hear about patents…

 Who Owns Your Genes? The Case Continues…

Who Owns Your Genes? The Case Continues…

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 8:10am

Today, a divided appellate court upheld patents on two human genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The ruling partially reverses a landmark decision by a federal district court in March 2010 that concluded that human genes cannot…

Appeals Court Holds Hearing on Who Owns Your Genes

Appeals Court Holds Hearing on Who Owns Your Genes

By Sarah Roberts, Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 1:02pm

On Monday, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held a hearing in the landmark lawsuit challenging gene patents before a crowded courtroom in Washington, D.C. The case, brought by the ACLU and the Public Patent Foundation on behalf of geneticists,…

ACLU Lens: Appeals Court Hears Case Challenging Patents on Breast Cancer Genes

ACLU Lens: Appeals Court Hears Case Challenging Patents on Breast Cancer Genes

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 5:43pm

A crowd of scientists, medical professionals and legal scholars packed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit yesterday to hear an appeal in our lawsuit challenging the patents on two human genes associated with hereditary breast and…

Our Genes, Our Rights — To Be Argued Monday

Our Genes, Our Rights — To Be Argued Monday

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 5:15pm

The ACLU was before a federal appeals court today arguing that human genes should not be patented.  Arguing with us was Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, who argued that patents on human genes issued by the Patent Office are invalid.

Tell Congress: My Genes Aren't For Sale

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:37pm

In May 2008, Lisbeth Ceriani — a single mom with an 8-year-old daughter — was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 42. The doctors found multiple tumors so she immediately underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation.…

ACLU Gene Patent Case on 60 Minutes

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:25pm

Last night, 60 Minutes aired a segment about the gene patent case we won last week . Check it out:

You can learn more about the case at www.aclu.org/brca. You can join our Facebook group, Don’t Patent My Genes!…

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