U.S. Supreme Court OK's Synthetic DNA
So this company called Myriad Genetics was apparently trying to patent human DNA, although just a small segment which Identifies breast cancer in the genetic makeup. The Supreme Court, however, denied this saying "human genes are not 'created' by companies and therefore cannot be patented." By denying the patent, they did leave an important loophole stating that synthetic DNA IS AN ACCEPTABLE invention to patent because the company created it.. Does this not raise a couple red flags? Ok so they cant patent YOUR DNA, but they CAN create a synthetic version of your DNA with say... one or two minor changes in the sequencing. SO, this means (hypothetically of course) all the DNA that has ever been recorded could be synthetically copied, and enhanced to create a plethora of nastiness...
Thoughts?Filed under: Organizations, DNA, Supreme Court
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