Court: Human genes cannot be patented
June 13th, 2013
10:30 AM ET
10 years ago

Court: Human genes cannot be patented

(CNN) - The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that human genes cannot be patented.

But in something of a compromise decision, all nine justices said while the naturally occurring isolated biological material itself is not patentable, a synthetic version of the gene material may be patented.


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  1. Data Driven

    Maybe you could wait until the details of this interesting case are released before posting the story, CNN?

    June 13, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Anonymous

    I'd like to think my "genes" belong to me. In this modern day of Corporate ownership, who can say which way SCOTUS will rule.

    June 13, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. co-man-senz

    I have nothing to add till I read the story....

    June 13, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    They can patent the processes used to isolate and work with the genes, but not the actual genes themselves. Every one of us has genes, and they should be public domain. Only the greediest of the capitalist mind set would even think of trying copyright or patent parts of the human genome.

    June 13, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Peoples State of Illinois

    "San Antonio is a multicultural city with more than 55% of the population being Hispanic and 90% of those people identifying themselves as Mexican according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
    For some Mexican-Americans, the incident was just the latest sign of a persistent problem they face: being treated as outsiders in their own country."
    If you want to be treated as an "American," then identify yourself as such, rather than identifying yourself as a "Mexican." If you want to be a mexican, then move to mexico. They wonder why there is prejudice against them, they bring it on themselves.

    June 13, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "The Tea/Trolls as you call them are trying to prevent the Liberal's from selling the country down the drain. Socalisim? That is what was tried in the Old Soviet Union. As you probabla know, it was a Smashing Sucess. Just like the Affordable Housing Act was and now Obama Care is about to. The Democrats had the Congress for 40 years. Their sucess are "Staggering".'

    Oh yawn. "It's what the Rushinz kommeeeez did!!!!" What is this, 1953? Nothing we're doing is anything like what the USSR attempted to do. Gov't is not usurping, owning and controlling all means of manufacture and industry. Not even close. Mandating that people buy health insurance from an insurance exchange comprised of PRIVATE companies that will receive the benefit of all those new customers and all the subsidy money the gov't will provide for those new customers who can't afford it is not gov't owning and controlling the health care industry. It's REGULATING it and setting the rules of the road. And setting rules for how mortgage companies must treat their mortgage products and the customers seeking them is the same thing and in no way constitutes gov't owning and controlling the financial industry. The screeching about "socialism" is's a buzz word that sticks in your craw and gives you no end of indigestion BECAUSE YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.

    June 13, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Malory Archer

    I must say I'm pleasantly surprised by this unanimous decision. Good on ya Supremes – even you guys get it right every now & then.

    June 13, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. GI Joe

    Good. No one needs to make money from someone else's genes.

    June 13, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |