Arguments are scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court on April 15 on the Myriad Genetics case, which will challenge patents held on human genes, especially the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes known to increase breast cancer risk.
The suit charges that leaving human genes in the hands of corporations limits diagnostic testing and research that could lead to cures, and limit women’s options for medical care.
Breast Cancer Action is holding a rally on April 15, the day the case is heard, to stand up for women’s health and against corporate control of our genes. It begins at 9:30a.m and will take place on the steps of the Supreme Court. To find out more, follow @BCAction on Twitter.
Our Bodies Ourselves is a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging these gene patents. For further information and resources, see these previous posts: