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Cancer Gene Patents Ruled Invalid

Science  09 Apr 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5975, pp. 153
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5975.153

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A legal bombshell hit the biotech world last week: A federal judge in New York City used sweeping language to invalidate a handful of human gene patents, casting doubt on hundreds more. The decision applies only in New York state and is sure to be appealed—a process that could take years. Still, it undercuts the idea that DNA sequence can be owned.