Category Archives: Biotech

Direct-to-Customer Genetic Testing: FDA Overreach and Industry Stupidity

What a fabulous combination. This week, Congress has held hearings on the direct-to-customer (‘DTC’) genetic testing industry. It appears, based on previous statements by FDA officials, that they have publicly contradicted themselves–or been willfully ignorant–about the larger scientific benefits from … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Biotech, Genomics

DOJ Argues That Patenting the Sun Is a Bad Idea

The Justice Department argues that gene sequences can’t be patented. About time.
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Posted in Biotech, Genetics, Genomics | 4 Comments

Rent Extraction + For-Profit Healthcare = Sepsis

Thanks to GPOs, we are getting worse healthcare at higher costs.
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Posted in Bidness, Biotech, Microbiology | 9 Comments

Federal Judge Rules Against Patenting the Sun

The real problem here is that many hospitals and most doctors are not doing simple molecular biology techniques, commonly done in high school laboratories, as part of standard practice.
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Posted in Biotech, Genetics, Human Genetics | 1 Comment

“Could You Patent the Sun?”*

Probably not. But genes linked to a high risk of breast cancer? You betcha. The effects of patenting things you didn’t discover.
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Posted in Biotech, Cancer, Genomics, Healthcare | 15 Comments

Biotech and Business Journalism: It’s the Business Model, Stupid

The business media didn’t screw up: they gave the customers exactly what they wanted. Imagine what a Labor Section would look like.
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Posted in Bidness, Big Shitpile, Biotech, Economics, News Media | 3 Comments