In an amicus brief filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding the ACLU-Myriad gene patenting case, James Watson argues that genes should not be patented. (Duke University's Center for Public Genomics has posted the brief here.) Watson writes that genes are a product of nature and encode "vital information" that directs whether a person is male or female, or blonde or brunette.

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