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The genome defense : inside the epic legal battle to determine who owns your DNA  Cover Image Book Book

The genome defense : inside the epic legal battle to determine who owns your DNA / Jorge L. Contreras.

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  • ISBN: 9781616209681
  • ISBN: 1616209682
  • Physical Description: xiv, 416 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Building the case. Who can we sue? -- The world in the Helix -- The gene queen -- Mr. Lincoln's boat -- The ACLU way -- Product of nature -- On the hill -- Speaking of patents -- The power of pink -- We've got you covered -- BART -- Patents and plaintiffs -- Pulling the trigger -- Litigation. The big guns -- SDNY -- Chicken and egg -- We're from the government -- Splitting the baby -- The patent court -- Magic microscope -- Last man standing -- Highest court in the land. Déjà vu all over again -- Air force 1 -- With friends like these -- Oyez, oyez, oyez! -- 9-0 -- Aftermath -- Appendix: The (legal) meaning of Myriad -- Principal characters.
Summary, etc.:
"The gripping true story of a Supreme Court civil rights battle to prevent biotech companies from owning the very thing that makes us who we are--our DNA"-- Provided by publisher.
When attorney Chris Hansen learned that the U.S. government was issuing patents for human genes to biotech companies, he discovered that women were being charged exorbitant fees to test for hereditary breast and ovarian cancers, tests they desperately needed-- because Myriad Genetics had patented the famous BRCA genes. So he sued them. Contreras gives us the view from inside as Hansen and his team of ACLU lawyers, along with a committed group of activists, scientists, and physicians, take their one-in-a-million case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The result is a compelling story about how society must balance scientific discovery with corporate profits and the rights of all people. -- adapted from jacket
Subject: Association for Molecular Pathology > Trials, litigation, etc.
Myriad Genetics, Inc. > Trials, litigation, etc.
Patent suits > United States.
Human gene mapping > United States > Patents.
Human chromosome abnormalities > Diagnosis > United States > Patents.
Human gene mapping > Law and legislation > United States.
Human chromosome abnormalities > Diagnosis > Law and legislation > United States.
LAW / Science & Technology.
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Genetics & Genomics.
Genre: Patents.
Court decisions and opinions.

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