The December 1 Yale ISP Speaker Series, co-sponsored with the Yale Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society, will feature ACLU lawyer Chris Hansen discussing "Gene Patents: Patently Unconstitutional?" Chris Hansen is the lead attorney in Association for Molecular Pathology v. United States Patent and Trademark Office. The case addresses the patenting of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. These genes are useful for identifying women who are at a high risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer. Because the PTO granted patents related to these genes to Myriad Genetics, Myriad's lab is the only place in the country where diagnostic testing can be performed and these tests cost more than $3,000. The lawsuit makes arguments that gene patents violate the First Amendment and are illegal because genes are products of nature.
The event will take place at 3:00 p.m. in Room 128 of Yale Law School. Refreshments will be provided.