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Feedback at 5:00: Human Gene Argument

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The Supreme Court is taking on a case that could seriously impact medical research. 

The argument debates if a human gene can be patented.

Biotech company "Myriad Genetics" argues that its patent on human genes, called BRCA, is valid.

This pattern can show if a person has a higher risk of ovarian or breast cancer.

Opponents argue that no one was the right to patent a part of the human body, because genes are a part of nature. Myriad says it is simply putting a patent on a sequence.

The Supreme Court's decision could impact patents for vaccines, antibiotics, hormones and stem cells.

What do you think of the case? It's tonight's "Feedback at 5:00."