January 17, 2012

Medical Mind Control


The ACLU rarely involves itself with patent cases, so it was surprising when the civil liberties group filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to invalidate a patent in the case of Mayo v. Prometheus. Mainstream press coverage portrayed the dispute between two medical testing labs as a mundane argument over "individualized medicine," but to the ACLU, what’s at stake is nothing less than the freedom of thought…Whether or not you consider Prometheus' patent as a form of thought-policing, a Supreme Court decision to uphold it—and thereby legalize medical diagnostic patents more generally—would be a disaster for patients.

Slate,by Timothy Lee, 12/2011

Tags: Legal / Leadership

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