TED: Should you be able to patent a human gene?
“You’re telling me that the US Government has been issuing patents on part of the human body?”
Up until 2013, US law said that genes were patentable, allowing patent holders exclusive rights to sequence, test for or even to look at a patented gene.
Speaking at TEDxAmoskeagMillyard in 2014, ACLU policy expert Tania Simoncelli explored the ins and outs of the history of gene patenting, culminating in the landmark Supreme Court ruling of June 2013 that guaranteed freedom of genetic information for patients.
You can find out more about more about the ruling, and similar legal challenges around the world here:
- Being the heroes in our own stories – interview with cancer pre-vivor and BRCActivist Andrea Downing
- Australian High Court rules against gene patenting