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    That had the potential to be a total can of worms.

    And this was the only ruling that made sense.

    Please note that this another situation not anticipated in the Constitution, so if you want to say that the justices are legislating from the bench, this is your big chance.

    But also, it's a chance to ask congress why they didn't address the issue in a deliberative abd thoughtful manner. Or at all.
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    Absolutely a good thing! My grandmother died of breast cancer and my gyno suggested I get the test. But who can afford that?? Maybe now I can!!
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    The SCOTUS deserves immense praise for this ruling. The idea that someone could effectively patent a building block of life was very frightening.
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    God, what a bunch of morons. Your next genetic test won't be less expensive. It will be non-existent. No one forces people in chains to 1) do the research 2) pass regulatory hurdles 3) build the infrastructure and suprastructure to provide these tests. It is done for that dirty, dirty concept of a RETURN ON INVESTMENT. Grow the F up.
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    This article is mostly wrong. The SCOTUS only struck down PART of the Myriad patent; that which covers isolated but unmodified DNA. The rest of the Myriad patent which is based on a synthetic derivative of DNA (cDNA) as used in the test is still considered valid. This is why Myriad stock is way up today.
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    Genetic coding is neither a product or a process and should never come under patent protection. If anything, the coding could be copyrighted like a book but the author wrote that information a long time ago and He tends to be more opensourced.
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    Of all times for Politix to not offer an "I'm not sure" option on the topic! It's good that the genetic testing will likely be cheaper. But now comes the problem of paying for pre-emptive surgery. That could cost billions of dollars that weren't foreseen by Obamacare. There are always unforeseen consequences to any action like this. Then there is also the precedent set by disallowing the patent protection of one's intellectual property. This will allow anyone to steal another's life's work and profit from it without having done the work of development.
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    Yes, but don't forget that pre-emptive surgery, when there is an 80%+ chance of cancer, is far cheaper then the cancer treatment. The old saying of an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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