In a move that could significantly alter the future of genetic medicine and the industry around it, a US District Court judge invalidated seven patents for human genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer, on the grounds that genes are discovered, not created. The ruling opens up challenges against the patents held by numerous companies on thousands of human genes, and jeopardizes an industry business model based on exclusive rights to gene treatment.
They haven't discovered a cure for the beleaguered bald man yet, but scientists recently identified two genetic variants that, when their powers are combined, make affected Caucasian males seven times more likely to experience male-pattern baldness.
Police sketches from eyewitness accounts are notoriously unreliable. The question is, Will "DNA sketches" be any better?
By Jessica Snyder Sachs
Posted 06.10.2004 at 8:44 pm 0 Comments
Nothing in American police work is more controversial than racial profiling. Minorities are targeted for small offenses in the hope of uncovering bigger crimes, and the practice has generated successful lawsuits by the ACLU and pledges from state governments and law enforcement agencies to clean up their discriminatory acts.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.