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We are pleased to present Volume 25 (2013-14). Articles from Issue 2 are featured below, and Issue 1 can be viewed here. Until late Spring 2015, which is when Volume 26 (2014-15) is due for publication, Volume 25 will be deemed the "Current Volume" (and its issues the "Current Issue[s]") on our site.
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The Supreme Court decision in the Myriad gene patenting case was heralded by many as a major event. After 30 years of patenting history, the Justices unanimously declared that isolated gene sequences are ineligible for patenting. Despite the chorus of joy emanating fro... Read more about Gene Patenting After the U.S. Supreme Court Decision—Does Myriad Matter?
The Supreme Court’s greatest assets are its integrity and the public’s trust. Yet while the Code of Conduct for United States Judges binds every lower federal court judge, and every state judge is subject to a corresponding code of ethics, the nine justices of the Supreme Court are not subject to any binding code of ethics. Both to help ensure ethical conduct by the justices and to reassure the American people of the integrity of the Court, our highest court must be held to a code of conduct.... Read more about Supreme Unaccountability: The Nine Federal Judges to Whom No Code of Ethics Applies