Israeli doctors want to stop European patent for genetic testBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7507.8-a (Published 30 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:8
- Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
Israeli oncologists and geneticists are trying to prevent the European Patent Office from granting a patent to a US company for a genetic test for the BRCA1 mutation, on the grounds that it may be racist. The mutation is responsible for a high risk of breast and ovarian cancer in Jewish women of Ashkenazi (European) origin. The hearing was scheduled for Wednesday 29 June in Munich.
Registering a patent for a genetic test that identifies a mutation typical only of Jews …