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Supreme Court bars patents on unaltered DNA

Source: 
Kansas City Star
Author: 
Diane Stafford
Date: 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Kansas City Star write-up on the Supreme Court's ruling that DNA can't be patented featured Andrew Torrance, professor of law.

Stafford wrote:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that naturally occurring DNA is a product of nature that can’t be patented.

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Furthermore, Patnaik said, the U.S. patent office in recent years had “stopped giving patents if they couldn’t show functionality. It’s not enough to know the gene sequence or detect a naturally found protein if you can’t associate it with some novel function that hasn’t been described before.”

Torrance agreed that “pharma and biotech will continue to make money.… The natural-source DNA money stream is coming to an end. It actually peaked in about 2001. Now you have to do more hard work to design genes and get them to do what you want them to do.”


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