US rules on patent­ing of genes

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - NEWS -

A US fed­eral court has said hu­man genes can be patented.

The move could have had big im­pli­ca­tions for biotech­nol­ogy and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies.

The rul­ing said genes can be patented be­cause iso­lated DNA has a dif­fer­ent chem­i­cal struc­ture from DNA within the body.

The US Patent and Trade­mark Of­fice has been award­ing patents on genes for al­most 30 years.

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