Supreme Court rules on DNA patentability

High court says natural DNA cannot be patented, synthetic DNA can

In a case that has been closely watched for years, the Supreme Court put to rest an ongoing controversy over DNA patentability.

The nine justices concluded in their unanimous ruling earlier today that naturally occurring DNA—or genes from within the human body—is not patentable. However, the justices’ decision said that synthetic DNA is patentable.


Cathleen Flahardy

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