Supreme Court says genes are not patentable

US Supreme CourtIn what is likely a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has announced its ruling that companies cannot patent human genes, a decision that could profoundly affect the medical and biotechnology industries.

This unanimous decision, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, said that laws of nature, natural phenomena and abstract ideas are not patentable. this broad ruling could have huge implications.

For more on this story see http://wapo.st/150rWmK.

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