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Supreme Court rules naturally occurring DNA is patent ineligible

Alli Pyrah, New York


The Supreme Court delivered a mixed ruling in the Myriad case today, finding that some parts of the biotech company’s patents on genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer can be patented while others cannot

The court unanimously ruled that isolated and purified DNA was a product of nature and therefore not eligible for patent protection under Section 101. But it said that synthetically created complementary DNA (cDNA) can be patented because it is not...


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