Thursday, June 13, 2013

Supreme Court Fails Biology 101

Whatever one thinks of today's SCOTUS ruling concerning gene patenting, it's undeniable that their description of the  biology involved was littered with  basic errors. Some of these errors are listed here, but there are more. The whole thing abounds with jarring sentences such as "DNA nucleotides contain the information necessary to create strings of amino-acids, which are in turn used in the body to build proteins." Is it amusing or worrying that our most venerable legal institution is apparently incapable of seeking out accurate basic information? Is this incapacity repeated in other technical cases they review?


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