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Can a gene’s DNA be patented?

Online only Can a gene’s DNA be patented?

A panel at Yale Law School debates whether a company can claim ownership of a natural substance.

In the 1990s Myriad Genetics, collaborating with investigators at the University of Utah Research Foundation and other institutions and companies around the world, isolated the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes, which are linked to both breast and ovarian cancer. In 1997 the U.S. Patent Office, ruling that the isolated DNA of these genes were discrete chemical compounds, granted a patent on the BRCA 1 gene...

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Librarians work around the world

Online only Librarians work around the world

“It started with a couple of e-mails from a couple of residents,” remembered Mark Gentry, a clinical support librarian in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Yale residents doing rotations at Makerere University in Uganda, a partner with the School of Medicine since 2006, needed library resources. Since Internet access in Kampala was unreliable at that time, Gentry started with portable solutions, like CDs with...

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Office of Student Research celebrates a quarter century of guiding students

Online only Office of Student Research celebrates a quarter century of guiding students

Women who Google “conceive twins” are often advised to try eating yams. Parents of children suffering from a middle ear...

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A Yale clinician ponders the ethics of a seeding trial masquerading as research

A Yale clinician ponders the ethics of a seeding trial masquerading as research

In the June 2011 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers described their discovery of a seeding trial for...

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Students begin new semester with iPads

Students begin new semester with iPads

A move to make the School of Medicine a greener campus has demonstrated the potential of new technology to change the...

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Roundup

Energy institute at West Campus

A $25 million gift from a Yale College alumnus and his wife will help launch the Energy Sciences Institute on Yale...

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Hospitals to merge

Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) and the Hospital of Saint Raphael (HSR) announced in September that they had signed an...

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Why aging makes us forgetful

Anyone who has searched for missing bifocals only to find them in the crisper drawer can find an explanation—and some...

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Menthol cigarettes more addictive

Menthol cigarettes may be more addictive than cigarettes without menthol because they reduce...

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