'Staggeringly Stupid' Abortion Bill Passes in Congress
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a "disrespectful" and "unsafe" bill Tuesday that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks, directly challenging the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade . The law passed 228-196 with six Republicans voting against the bill and six Democrats voting in favor.
US Court Decision to Speed Introduction of Generic Drugs
The Supreme Court pushed back Monday against a longstanding practise in the U.S. pharmaceuticals industry under which large-scale companies pay producers of generic copies to hold off introducing those low-cost drugs into the marketplace. The practise, known as “reverse payments”, maintains a company’s lucrative monopoly over a drug, often resulting in significant extra income. Yet critics, including the U.S. government, have for years warned that the practise was both anti-competitive and harmful for consumers, who are forced to pay more for drugs.
Israel: Elections in Iran will not bring change
Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said that elections in Iran will not bring "any change" to the policies of that state since it is the Supreme Leader who of course has all the real power and final say in all decisions.
Police Agencies Are Assembling Records of DNA
Local law enforcement agencies have moved into what had been the domain of the F.B.I. and state crime labs, and the trend is expected only to accelerate after a recent Supreme Court decision.
Supreme Court: No Patents For Natural DNA Sequences
ColdWetDog writes "The ongoing story of Myriad Genetics versus the rest of the world has come to an end. In a 9-0 decision, the US Supreme Court has decided that human genes cannot be patented. From a brief Bloomberg article: 'Writing for the court, Justice Clarence Thomas said isolated DNA is a "product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated." At the same time, Thomas said synthetic molecules known as complementary DNA, or cDNA, can be patented because they require a significant amount of human manipulation to create.' Seems perfectly sane. Raw genes, the ones you find in nature are, wait for it — natural. Other bits of manipulated DNA / RNA / protein which take skill and time to create are potentially patentable. Oddly, Myriad Genetics stock actually rose on that information." Adds reader the eric conspiracy: "The result for Myriad is that they still have protection for their test, however the decision also allows researchers to work with the DNA sequences ...