SCOTUS: Human Genes Cannot Be Patented

Open Source

A licensing coup for human gene research and engineering.

The Supreme Court has been in a lot of news lately, so to the surprise of no one, this item came and went under radar: last month, SCOTUS ruled unanimously that genes cannot be patented. Scientific information must be open source for medicine to be availed of as many people as possible. “Groundbreaking, innovative or even brilliant discovery does not by itself satisfy the criteria” for patent eligibility, said Justice Thomas.

It's a bit frightening to think what would have transpired if human genes were trademarked. I suspect this isn't the last we've heard from Big Medicine, though. Keep your DNA crossed, everyone.