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Virtual Event: Lawyers, Genes and Money - the Story of the Lawsuit that Ended Gene Patenting in America

Professor Jorge ContrerasThe Genome Defense

In 2005, two MIT researchers claimed that 20% of the human genome was covered by patents. In the same year, Chris Hansen, an ACLU attorney, and Tania Simoncelli, the ACLU's first science advisor, began to plan a lawsuit that would seek to end gene patenting in America. Their target was Myriad Genetics, a University of Utah spinout company that controlled the patents on the BRCA1/2 genes. Individuals with certain variants of these genes have a high risk of contracting breast or ovarian cancer, but Myriad's test for these variants was unaffordable to many. The ACLU's lawsuit, which ended in a unanimous 2013 Supreme Court victory, fundamentally changed the biotechnology industry. In his new book, "The Genome Defense" Professor Jorge Contreras describes the circuitous path of this remarkable lawsuit, from genetics labs to corporate boardrooms to the highest reaches of the White House. It offers valuable lessons in how the law wrestles with scientific advancements, how ideas about ethics and morality fit into the legal system, and how, with determination and luck, even the most entrenched legal regimes can be changed. For more information about "The Genome Defense" lease visit https://genomedefense.org

Fall 2021

11-11-2021, Thursday

1:30 PM MST

Location: Online via Zoom

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