Human Gene Patent Case Goes to Supreme Court

Decision could have wide-ranging implications for biotech industry, medical research, experts say

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Others are less convinced that the ruling will have an enormous impact, especially since the Myriad patents will expire over the next two years. Dr. James Evans, a professor of genetics and medicine at the University of North Carolina, told the Times that the significance of the nine justices' decision "will be much more ideological than it will be practical."

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