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Intellectual property ruling may have positive implications beyond current health care law uproar

On March 29, a federal judge invalidated patents on two genes linked to cancer. If upheld, the decision could reverse the rush to privatize products of nature that hold the potential to play a major part in revolutionizing medical therapy.

With nearly 20 percent of human genes already patented, the lust to place human physiology in private hands has already resulted in multi-billion dollar industries centered on pumping profits out of fundamental natural processes.

While a middle of the road modification to our for-profit health care system has garnered relentless press, the real battle to bring down medical costs just won a significant preliminary victory; one that we should all hope will become codified as a permanent part of our hopes for a better future.

Tom Casey



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