Human Gene Patenting: Yes, Companies Can Own Your DNA

The idea of patenting a gene seems strange, and it's a practice that's made weirder by virtue of the fact that the genes of living humans can also be patented. How is this possible? And what are the potential pitfalls? Here's what you need to know about the current state of human gene patents — and why the current… » 12/27/12 9:00am 12/27/12 9:00am

Judge To Big Pharma: You Can't Patent Genes

In a blow struck for consumers and scientists against the pharmaceutical industry, a New York judge ruled yesterday that a company could not patent a human gene just because they discovered it. The ruling could revolutionize the biotech industry. » 3/30/10 6:20am 3/30/10 6:20am