Gene Patenting

Celebrate DNA Day by Taking Back Your Genes

Celebrate DNA Day by Taking Back Your Genes

By Sarah Roberts, Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 4:05pm
Tuesday is National DNA Day, which commemorates the discovery of DNA's double helix structure by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953, as well as the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. In honor of National DNA Day, the National Human Genome Research Institute will be hosting an online chat from 8 am to 5 pm Eastern today, in which experts will answer questions about DNA in real time.
When Patents Don’t Equal Progress

When Patents Don’t Equal Progress

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 1:50pm

Yesterday, a unanimous Supreme Court strongly reaffirmed a principle that has existed in our case law for over 150 years: laws of nature, natural phenomena and abstract ideas cannot be patented. This principle may seem obvious, but companies have…

Exclusive Patents on the BRCA Genes: Adding Burden to an Already Overburdened Cancer Community

Exclusive Patents on the BRCA Genes: Adding Burden to an Already Overburdened Cancer Community

By Sue Friedman, Executive Director, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)

As part of the ACLU's Taking Back Our Genes campaign , guest blogger Sue Friedman, the Executive Director of FORCE, describes the adverse impact the exclusive…

Hands Off My Genes

Hands Off My Genes

By Rachel Marshall, Washington Legislative Office at 5:21pm

Most teenagers don't sit around contemplating the need for genetic testing. They may not even know the purpose of genetic testing. That all changed for me when I was 13, shortly after my baby brother celebrated his first birthday. He was diagnosed…

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.

Should Patents Control What Your Doctor Can Think?

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:55pm

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an important patent case involving the right of physicians to think about how a patient has reacted to a drug, Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories.

Prometheus’…

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…

 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…

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…

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