Myriad Genetics

Can a Company Patent Your Genes (and Make a Boatload)?

Posted on 04/16/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIf there’s a medical test that could save your life, should one company have the power to set its cost so high that few people could afford it? And what if the thing that makes the company’s test exclusive is a government-issued patent on a part of the human body? That’s what is at stake in a case the U.S. Supreme Court heard April 15 that could determine whether some biotech companies, by patenting particular human genes, can completely control …