SCOTUS Avoids Dystopian Nightmare and Says Your Genes Belong to YouMeagan Hatcher-Mays6/13/13 6:45pmFiled to: scotussciencepatentsgenes984EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThis morning, the Supreme Court unanimously (cute!) ruled that human genes are not patentable. The Court heard oral arguments in the case back in April, with the ACLU arguing strongly against Myriad Genetics’s right to patent two genes that put women at a greater risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer—BRCA1 and BRCA2. (You may remember BRCA1 and BRCA2 from the time that Angelina Jolie underwent genetic testing before deciding to have a preventive double mastectomy.) Myriad countered that they really needed the patents because they were super profitable and Myriad employees had come to rely on using thousand-dollar bills as handkerchiefs. Plus, they weren’t done building their really cool fort out of solid gold bullion! The justices dramatically rolled their collective eyeballs in Myriad’s direction.