Naturally occurring human gene sequences cannot be patented but artificially created DNA can be, the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously.
The US Supreme Court building is pictured in Washington, DC on March 31, 2012. The Supreme Court has ruled that naturally occurring human gene sequences cannot be patented but artificially created DNA can be.
The verdict represented a compromise between the goals of the biotech industry, which wanted to preserve all its patents, and campaigners seeking unfettered access to genetic data for researchers and patients.
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