Genetics

US court says human genes cannot be patented (Update 4)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously threw out attempts to patent human genes, siding with advocates who say the multibillion-dollar biotechnology industry should not have exclusive control over genetic information ...

Genetics

Are human genes patentable?

(Medical Xpress)—On April 15, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, a case that could answer the question, "Under what conditions, if any, are isolated human ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Monkeypox: The next global vaccine equity failure?

Inequitable access to COVID-19 vaccines has turned out to be the catastrophic moral failure the World Health Organization's director-general warned about at the beginning of 2021.

Medications

Report: Remdesivir dominated hospital drug spending in 2021

The COVID-19 treatment remdesivir dominated hospital drug spending in 2021, accounting for nearly 10% of all pharmaceutical expenses and outpacing the next three drugs combined, according to the National Trends in Prescription ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Global vaccine equity key to ending COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 crisis continues around the world, public health and infectious disease experts at Western University's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry are pushing for global vaccine equity to end the pandemic.

Medications

Smarter prescriptions from doctors could save NHS billions

GP's could save billions of pounds for the NHS by switching patients' prescriptions from patented medicine to alternative drugs whose patent has expired, a new study shows. Researchers found that whilst some practitioners ...

Genetics

Patent law could curb unethical human-genome editing

A new paper co-written by a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign scholar who studies the legal and ethical implications of advanced biotechnologies outlines an unexplored tool to regulate the medically and ethically dubious ...

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