ovarian cancer

Should Nuns Take the Pill to Prevent Cancer?

If there’s one group of women who shouldn’t need to worry about birth control, it’s Catholic nuns, who have taken a vow of chastity to better serve the Church. But now researchers in Australia argue that these very women could …

Court rules against patenting human genes

In a decision that could have broad ramifications for future genetic research and medical practice, United States District Court Judge Robert W. Sweet ruled Monday that patents on two genes linked to ovarian and breast cancer, BRCA-1 and BRCA-2, were invalid. The case brought by a group including the American Civil Liberties Union, the …