10/27/2016

The Supreme Court of Canada has commented on the issue but no Canadian court has directly answered the difficult question of whether genes are patentable. So the answer appears to be yes, for now.

Identifying genetic sequences associated with diseases and creating tests to screen for them are unquestionably valuable scientific innovations. Due to the challenge and expense of pinpointing genes and developing genetic tests, innovators in the field have sought to protect their investments through patents.

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