Genetic Breakthroughs: Patents and Profits

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Companies get patents on human genes to give them incentive to conduct expensive research into what those genes can reveal about an individual's chances of contracting disease. But is that patenting life itself? We hear about today's arguments at The US Supreme Court in a case that could determine the future of "personalized medicine." Also, a narrow victory for Venezuela's new president. On Reporters Notebook, why can't the IRS just send income-tax payers a bill?

Banner image of human genome by Webridge

 

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