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.

Who Owns Your Genes? You Do.

Who Owns Your Genes? You Do.

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 5:18pm
On Monday, federal district court Judge Robert Sweet made history by issuing the first ruling ever that human genes can’t be patented.

First Federal Court Hearing on Whether Human Genes Should Be Patented

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 3:35pm
Plaintiffs, experts, and the ACLU and PUBPAT legal team outside the courthouse. Back row, from left to right: Dan Ravicher, PUBPAT; Robert Nussbaum, University of California,…

Breast Cancer, Patenting Human Genes, and Your Civil Liberties

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 8:01pm

On Tuesday evening, Joanna Rudnick joined the ACLU at Tribeca Cinemas to screen her award-winning documentary film, In the Family, and discuss the patenting of human genes, a practice that has serious implications for women like Joanna who have a genetic…

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