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The Supreme Court is grappling with the question of whether human genes can be patented. As it delves into an issue that could reshape medical research in the United States, in the fight against diseases like breast and ovarian cancer, and the billion-dollar medical and biotechnology business, the court’s decision could have a wide-ranging effect.

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Can human genes be patented? Utah firm at US court

The Supreme Court seemed worried Monday about the idea of companies patenting genes that can be found inside the human body, as it heard arguments in a case that could profoundly reshape U.S. medical research and the fight against diseases like breast and ovarian cancer.

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