Outlaw Human Gene Patents – Why this Supreme Court Case is so Important to Us

A4BC Founder's Blog

Monday, April 15, while most people are thinking of their deadline to have their taxes in, the Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in a landmark case where Myriad Genetics, a corporate diagnostic testing company, is being challenged on their attempt to have a patent on the “breast cancer genes” BRCA1 and BRCA2.

One of the plaintiffs in the case is Breast Cancer Action, an organization that I am proud member of the Speaker’s Bureau. Breast Cancer Action invited people to join them in a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court to outlaw human gene patents.

BCAoutlawgenesoriginalAccording to Breast Cancer Action, myself and so many other people, “Human genes are for human beings, not corporations. Corporate ownership of our genes harms women’s health and blocks progress on breast cancer. This is a historic case that has wound through the legal system for four years.”  I wish I…

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