The Conversation: Australian federal court upholds gene patents

September 8, 2014

Biotechnology companies will be permitted to hold patents on genes in Australia after a decision by the full bench of the Federal Court, writes Reema Rattan in The Conversation.

The court found companies can hold patents in Australia over isolated biological material, in this instance, fragments of DNA that are defined as BRCA1 gene mutations, said adjunct professor of law at Murdoch University Luigi Palombi.

The BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations predispose women with a familial history to developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Professor Palombi argues the decision could have a broad impact in Australia.

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