Congressional Digest

Supreme Court Debates September 2013 No. 6 Vol. 16
Human Genome Research

Human Genome Research

Patent Protection and the Public Good

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The human genome is a blueprint for our species. Contained in our DNA is information about everything that makes us unique. Not only does it tell us characteristics like the color of our eyes, or even whether we have eyes at all, it also contains information about what diseases and other ailments to which we may be particularly susceptible.
Because of the wealth of data in our genetic code, scientists have been eager to isolate and analyze what information is contained within specific parts of our DNA — a possible first step toward discovering a cure for such hereditary diseases as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, an…

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