June 14, 2013 | David

The genes that make me unique come from my parents and grandparents, and great-grandparents, and so on. I don't think a company should be allowed to patent them.

The US Supreme Court agrees. After a four-year lawsuit, it ruled that naturally occurring DNA sequences cannot be patented. I think the ruling's a good landmark. Companies can still patent techniques and treatments linked to DNA information and altered genes if they do something new. But they can't just read my DNA and put a stamp of ownership on it! 

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