Supreme Court rules human genes can’t be patented

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gavelWASHINGTON (CNN) — The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that human genes cannot be patented.

The ruling is a victory for cancer patients and their doctors who had challenged a Utah company’s exclusive control over a defective gene sequence that is linked to cancer.

The 9-0 ruling is likely to be welcomed by medical researchers across the nation who have wanted more freedom to experiment with treatments using genetic material.

But in something of a compromise decision, all nine justices said a synthetic version of the gene material can be patented.

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