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Ruling Upholds Gene Patent In Cancer Test 173

Posted by timothy
from the every-pair-of-genes-is-a-hand-me-down dept.
diewlasing writes with a report in the New York Times which begins: "In a closely watched case, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that genes can be patented, overturning a lower court decision that had shocked the biotechnology industry." Techdirt has some insightful commentary on the ruling.
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Ruling Upholds Gene Patent In Cancer Test

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  • Re:Clearly (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30, 2011 @07:27AM (#36931962)
    What a poor world you live in where everything has to be measured in monetary profit.
  • Re:Clearly (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Alex Belits (437) * on Saturday July 30, 2011 @07:38AM (#36932028) Homepage

    There is already no profit in cancer cure, as it would be immoral to refuse it to sick people, and people who develop it can not possibly collect enough money from the sick to cover their expenses. This is why it can be only developed in government-run or government-sponsored programs -- and we should better get accustomed to it.

  • Re:Next up (Score:5, Interesting)

    by JBMcB (73720) on Saturday July 30, 2011 @07:39AM (#36932034)

    Good point on aspirin. Aspirin *was* patented a long time ago. The patent has long expired, but companies still seem to make a lot of money off of selling it, even though anyone can buy dirt cheap acetylsalicylic acid from Dow and infuse it into their own tablets for next to nothing.

  • Only solution left (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jmorris42 (1458) * <jmorris@b[ ].org ['eau' in gap]> on Saturday July 30, 2011 @09:59AM (#36932752)

    Since the courts are insane beyond recall there is only one option left. Congress needs to pass a law. Throw the creationists a bone to get them on board. Mandate the Patent Office to assume the design of every existing natural creature was patented by God with the issue date in 4000BC. And to stop the next step direct the Library of Congress to assume He filed a copyright on the full genome of every creature on the same date. Then direct them to assume any gene sequence derived from a naturally occurring creature is a derived work so that only the new material is eligible for a new copyright if it is different enough and separate enough from the original work.

  • Re:Clearly (Score:2, Interesting)

    by slick7 (1703596) on Saturday July 30, 2011 @11:51AM (#36933512)

    You hit the nail on the head.

    In fact there are already cures for cancer. They involve oxygenating or alkalinizing the body, among other things.

    However, cancer treatments are so lucrative that anyone curing cancer would face the wrath of the pharmaceutical cartel.

    This is true. Look at Royal R. Rife, Wilhelm Reich, the elements in medicinal marijuana, MMS. Anything not forbidden will be denied.
    Modern allopathic medicine refuses to look at any protocol not endorsed by big pharma. Modern medicine is only good for trauma and breast implants. Traditional Chinese medicine and Ayervedic medicine are better for chronic issues. These two forms of therapy have thousands of years of data and prove to be effective, just look at the size of their populations.

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