High: Gene patenting

The court ruled unanimously (again in June; it always saves the best cases for last) that it was impossible to patent a naturally occurring human gene. The decision was notable for Justice Antonin Scalia's refusal to sign a passage in Justice Clarence Thomas' majority opinion setting out the standard scientific explanation of molecular biology. The usually cocksure Scalia wrote: "I am unable to affirm those details on my own knowledge or even my own belief." Above: A technician loads patient samples into a machine for testing at Myriad Genetics in Salt Lake City. RELATED: Ted Rall's five best cartoons of 2013 Washington's 5 biggest 'fails' of 2013 10 groundbreaking women we lost in 2013
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