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May 18, 2009

Patenting Human Genes

The ACLU recently filed a lawsuit against Myriad Genetics claiming that patents on two cancer-related genes were unconstitutional and invalid. This is the latest in a series of battles over an almost 30-year period on the question of whether human genes should be patentable or not, although courts have continually ruled in favor of human gene patenting. What is your opinion?

Should human genes be patented?

Human genes should continue to be patentable
 
  23.0%
No patents on human genes should be allowed
 
  61.8%
Undecided
 
  15.2%

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