Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Washington Post Barrage

In what can only be called a barrage, the Washington Post trained its guns on the Myriad case and gene patents.  The shock and awe campaign's opening salvo was an Op Ed piece  titled "Who owns your DNA? Not who you think." in the print edition, and more directly on line as "The Supreme Court should invalidate the patent on human DNA." Jeffrey Rosenfeld and Christopher Mason, holding PhD's from NYU and Yale, respectively, who are professors of genomics at New Jersey and Cornell Medical Schools, respectively. were the authors.  They conclude, "It is imperative that the Supreme Court invalidate Myriad’s patent, defend genomic liberty and make clear that one’s genes belong to that person alone."
Then, in an editorial timed to coincide with the oral arguments in the case on April 15, 2013, the Post fired, "Patents on Human DNA need Congress's input."
The next day, two thirds of A2 rang out with commentary by Dana Milbank and straight reportage by Robert Barnes.  I have only one comment to make, and it's addressed to Dana Milbank: While I agree with your conclusion wholeheartedly, shame on you for making fun of Justice Sotomayor - we need the vote!


  1. Did you know that Justice Sotomayor used to be married to Kevin Noonan?

    1. No, I didn't. In fact I thought you were joking until I googled it. Unbelievable!