An important breast cancer test is now unavailable in British Columbia
because of the American company which holds the relevant patent. The B.C. Cancer Agency
has been forced to stop the tests after legal threats by Utah-based Myriad Genetics Inc.
, which has a patent on two genes that can signal whether a woman may develop hereditary breast cancer. I think this is a perfect example of why patenting genes is a terrible idea. Via Slashdot
Another interview with Greg Palast.
This is a follow-up to the previously discussed interview
with the self-imposed exile journalist.