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1:46 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

SCOTUS rules against gene patenting

 

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that naturally occurring human genes cannot be patented. However, synthetic DNA created in laboratories are still under patent protection.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that naturally occurring human genes cannot be patented. The ruling will affect researchers, universities and industries. 

Current State host Mark Bashore talks to Jennifer Carter-Johnson, an assistant professor of law at Michigan State University who also holds a doctorate degree in microbiology. Using her background in law and in biology, she provides insight on the High Court's ruling.

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