NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Supreme Court today unanimously ruled that human genes are not patentable, but synthetic DNA, or cDNA, is patent eligible because it does not occur naturally.

The decision, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, was hailed by the plaintiffs in the case, Association for Molecular Pathology et al. v. Myriad Genetics, who view it as a victory for patients seeking greater access to genetic testing and researchers aiming to develop new molecularly guided personalized treatments.

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In PLOS this week: comparison of commercial bisulfite kits, new method to predict essential proteins, and more

Jun
20
Sponsored by
PerkinElmer

In this webinar, Michael Quail of the R&D Sequencing team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute will provide an expert perspective on library prep for next-generation sequencing.

Jun
28
Sponsored by
PerkinElmer

This webinar will review a standardized, high-throughput, and fully automated library prep protocol for human metagenomic analysis.

Jul
10
Sponsored by
Qiagen

This webinar offers a look at how an advanced genetics laboratory implemented and validated a commercial bioinformatics system to help scale its operations.

Jul
12
Sponsored by
Canon BioMedical

This webinar will discuss a project that is analyzing the “Human Brainome” – genome, transcriptome, proteome, and phenome interaction data -- to gain insights into Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis.