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Myriad Genetics Incorporated
The red herring of human gene patents
The red herring of human gene patents

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. — Louis D. Brandeis Just a few words and little thought separate yet another stronghold of the American economy from ruin. It doesn't have to be that way. The U.S. patent system has made America's biotech and pharmaceutical industries the envy of the world. This month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case posing the question: "Are human genes patentable?" The very way the ACLU and other petitioners have worded the question sets up an emotional red herring designed to solicit false choices. The patents at issue in the case do...