brca gene

sorry if this is stupid (esp. as a senior science major) but pls don’t make fun of me if this is super common knowledge lol

I didn’t know until today (read: right this moment) while studying that gene patents were a thing?? that geneticists and associated researchers could literally patent gene finding as an invention and thus completely monopolize specific gene testing and sequencing for people who may be carriers ??

like the fact that a company had PATENTS on the breast cancer genes (BRCA 1 and BRCA 2) and could wholly dictate pricing an accessibility for testing bc there was no “market” and thus no market control

the supreme court ruled to invalidate these patents in 2013 but WOW I never knew this

that is so fucked up