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The New York Times reports that the Department of Justice hasĀ filed a friend of the court brief in the Myraid Genetics case. DOJ is declaring the government’s stance that genes should not be eligible for patent because they are not “human-made inventions.”

The chemical structure of native human genes is a product of nature, and it is no less a product of nature when that structure is “isolated” from its natural environment than are cotton fibers that have been separated from cotton seeds or coal that has been extracted from the earth.

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