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Why CHEO is launching a lawsuit about gene patents

This morning, CHEO launched a legal challenge against American patent holders of genes related to a rare heart disorder called Long QT Syndrome. The problem is that testing for this disorder must be done in the U.S., for a high cost, or CHEO risks being sued by the holders of the patent for the related gene being tested. This issue has come up in the States, where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled patents cannot be placed on genes. And now CHEO wants a similar decision in Canada. CEO Alex Munter joined us to explain.

 

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