Navigation Links
Breast Cancer Action Sues to End Gene Patenting
Date:5/12/2009

Lawsuit Seeks Increased Access to Information for Patients of Breast Cancer

SAN FRANCISCO, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Breast Cancer Action (BCA) is challenging the legality of patenting human "breast cancer genes." BCA is joining the American Civil Liberties Union in suing Myriad Genetics (a private biotechnology company based in Utah), that currently holds the patent on the two human genes known as BRAC1 and BRAC2.

The BRAC1 and BRAC2 genes are present in every human. However, people with certain genetic mutations on these genes are at an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Myriad holds exclusive rights to these genes and their mutations and to the research performed on them. Testing for the BRAC1 and BRAC2 mutations can only be performed at Myriad labs and currently costs over $3,000.

Since 1998, when BRAC1 & 2 were first patented, BCA has maintained that the patenting of human genes interferes with patients' access to genetic testing and medical care.

"The time has finally arrived for the courts to decide who owns our genes," said Barbara Brenner, executive director of Breast Cancer Action.

When one company controls all the testing, less information and resources are available to both patients and researchers. Women unable to afford the $3,500 fee are prevented from access to the test; women seeking second opinions on any results they might receive have nowhere to go; and women of African, Hispanic, or Asian decent are at a significant disadvantage because they disproportionately receive ambiguous results when tested by Myriad.

"There are so many injustices and inequities in breast cancer," Brenner said. "The time has come to address them in all their forms -- as they affect genetic risk, as well as social, political, and economic realities. This case is an important first step."

BCA joins this litigation in hopes that it will open doors to better research and information, and ultimately better health care for women regardless of their economic situation or their racial background.

The case, Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, et al., is filed in the U.S District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Breast Cancer Action (www.bcaction.org) -- is a non-profit education and advocacy organization that does not accept funding from pharmaceutical companies or any other organizations that profit from or contribute to the breast cancer epidemic.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Breast Cancer Action
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. ACMG Joins Lawsuit Challenging Patents on Breast Cancer Genes; Genes Are Naturally Occurring Substances and Should Not Be Patented, Says American College of Medical Genetics
2. ACLU Challenges Patents on Breast Cancer Genes
3. Scientists identify gene in breast cancer pathway
4. MultiVu Video Feed: REESE WITHERSPOON JOINS AVON FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN AND SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL HOSPITAL TO CELEBRATE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF AVON COMPREHENSIVE BREAST CENTER
5. Video: Reese Witherspoon Joins Avon Foundation for Women and San Francisco General Hospital to Celebrate 5th Anniversary of Avon Comprehensive Breast Center
6. HealthCentral.com Collaborates With BreastCancer.org, Providing Quality Awareness Sponsorships to #1 Breast Cancer Resource Online
7. Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, a Pioneer in DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Colorado, Introduces New, Informative Website
8. International Breast Milk Project Helps Mothers Worldwide
9. New technique may help detect potential breast cancer spread
10. Breast Cancer Network of Strength(R) and SCA Personal Care North America, Through Its TENA(R) Brand, Team Up to Offer Support to Women Affected by Breast Cancer
11. Genes Linked to Spread of Breast Cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/22/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 22, 2017 , ... ... experts to create a PCSK9 inhibitor prior authorization (PA) form for prescribers to ... It is one of the helpful tools published as part of the article ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... Canada (PRWEB) , ... March 22, 2017 , ... Wash ... of the crowdfunding launch of the Wash Tower, the world's first standalone constant pressure ... are available on the company's website at https://www.washtower.com as well as on ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... , ... March 22, 2017 , ... ... to its Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Division of Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular ... surgery. She is board-certified in both Orthopedics and Hand Surgery. , ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... Chesapeake, VA (PRWEB) , ... March 22, 2017 ... ... offering asset protection assistance and financial consultations to families and business owners in ... raise support for the local American Cancer Society Relay For Life event. , ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 22, 2017 , ... The ... related services to families and business owners in the greater Nassau County area, ... & Lymphoma Society. , Every 3 minutes, someone in America is diagnosed with ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/22/2017)... , March 22, 2017 ... the growing legal cannabis industry is strongly contributing to ... provides comprehensive analysis and reporting for the cannabis industry, ... create more than a quarter million jobs for American ... $7.2 billion in 2016, and is projected to grow ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... March 22, 2017  As the world,s leading non-profit ... Society (LLS) has played a role in most therapies ... which are even helping patients with other cancers and ... significant investment in cutting-edge research – more than $1 ... grow with the record-breaking sum of $4.1 million raised ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... SANTA CLARA, Calif. , March 22, 2017 ... diagnostic cardiology  solutions segment, Frost & Sullivan recognizes ... Sullivan Company of the Year Award. GE Healthcare,s ... offer end-to-end cardiac solutions has allowed it to ... competitive cardiac monitoring products space. In addition to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: