Genae Girard of Lago Vista said she was ecstatic Thursday to hear that the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that a company cannot own a person’s DNA.
Girard, 43, was one of six patients who sued Myriad Genetics of Salt Lake City over the company’s patenting of two genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer. The Supreme Court said that company can’t own naturally occurring genes but can patent synthetic strands of DNA created in a laboratory.
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CORRECTION: The cost of a breast cancer gene test by Ambry Genetics was incorrect in an earlier version of this story. The cost is $2,200.