Patents

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We all know that St. Louis is unique in many ways — our passion for baseball; our obsession with bricks; our Arch.

It turns out, the region is even unique when it comes to gentrification. Two area academics wrote about their research on St. Louis gentrification in nextSTL.com.  They say the preconception about gentrification is that upwardly mobile whites move into urban neighborhoods and push out the largely minority, low-income population that lived there originally.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Medical researchers in St. Louis believe the U.S. Supreme Court has strengthened the area’s biotechnology industry in its ruling Thursday that companies can patent synthetically produced genetic material but not isolated human genes.

While local scientists say the ruling could bolster the growth of  biotechnology research and make certain testing more accessible and less costly, one national biotech industry group argued that the ruling could stifle innovation.

(Dan Charles/NPR)

Updated on Tuesday, February 19, at 6:10 p.m. to add quote from Bowman.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a legal battle between St. Louis-based Monsanto and a 75-year-old Indiana farmer.

The case revolves around whether Vernon Hugh Bowman violated Monsanto's patent rights when he bought seeds from a grain elevator and planted them.