Out of Hiatus with a happy rant

Posted on June 14, 2013

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I’m taking Constitutional Law II this summer, a course which focuses on the non-criminal personal protections afforded by the Constitution. Because of this, I’ve been following the Supreme Court rather closely–if for no other reason than that I’m very excited about the marriage equality cases due to come out later this month.

 

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued this opinion: 

ASSOCIATION FOR MOLECULAR PATHOLOGY ET AL.
v. MYRIAD GENETICS, INC., ET AL.a, which can be found here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-398_8njq.pdf

In it, the Court put the kibbosh on some big pharma stupidity. You know that company that held the patent on the “breast cancer gene” and charged outrageous amounts for the test for it? Yeah, the Court ruled yesterday that you can’t patent a naturally occurring gene sequence. Which means their patent is toast. Actually, less than toast, because toast is worth something.

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