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Tania Simoncelli:
Should you be able to patent a human gene?

TEDxAmoskeagMillyard · 18:05 · Filmed Nov 2014
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A decade ago, US law said human genes were patentable — which meant patent holders had the right to stop anyone from sequencing, testing or even looking at a patented gene. Troubled by the way this law both harmed patients and created a barrier to biomedical innovation, Tania Simoncelli and her colleagues at the ACLU challenged it. In this riveting talk, hear the story of how they took a case everybody told them they would lose all the way to the Supreme Court.

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Tania Simoncelli advises the White House on science and technology policy. Full bio
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