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TED Talks: Season 2016

2016x17 Tania Simoncelli: Should You Be Able To Patent A Human Gene?
TV-PG

  • 2016-01-27T05:00:00Z on YouTube
  • 15 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary, Special Interest

A decade ago, US law said human genes were patentable -- which meant patent holders had the right to stop anyone from sequencing, testing or even looking at a patented gene. Troubled by the way this law both harmed patients and created a barrier to biomedical innovation, Tania Simoncelli and her colleagues at the ACLU challenged it. In this riveting talk, hear the story of how they took a case everybody told them they would lose all the way to the Supreme Court.

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