The following statement from Lydersen's article is one of those artificial distinctions that give our legal system bad press: "While it is illegal to patent products of nature, laws of nature or abstract ideas, federal courts have decided that a DNA sequence that has been extracted and isolated does not qualify as a product of nature.
". Its like the defendant's claim that the person who he shot did not die from a gunshot, but the loss of blood therefore he is innocent.
For the sake of argument, even if we assume that a patent could be granted concerns remain over patenting a concept versus an actual test. One should NOT be able to patent the concept of testing for cancer, they could however develop and patent a specific test for cancer. Others should be able to develop and patent their own tests for cancer.
An additional thought. Lydersen also writes: "They say that Myriad's patents on the isolated BRCA sequences impede research and women's access to their own genetic information
So how can a private company essentially seize a private property right over information gathered from an individual? This leads to further legal convulsions. The simplest approach, don't allow patents for this type of research.
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