Your Genes Cannot Be Patented

| Thu Jun. 13, 2013 10:52 AM EDT

Some quick good news this morning:

The Supreme Court says companies cannot patent human genes, a decision that could profoundly affect the medical and biotechnology industries. In a unanimous decision, the court struck down patents held by Myriad Genetics Inc. on two genes linked to increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

This is a victory for common sense. The fact that it was unanimous suggests a ray of hope for patent law in the future.