CityViews 8/29/12: The Case for Patenting Genes/Science Goes Hip-Hop


Segment 1:

Can a company patent genetic material? That’s the heart of a case against Salt Lake City-based Myriad Genetics filed by the ACLU, which represents a group of patients and researchers. The plaintiffs say genes aren’t invented, so they can’t be protected. The defendants argue the gene testing Myriad developed doesn’t exist in nature, so the process should be patentable. A federal appeals court recently sided with Myriad – again – and on Wednesday, we’ll talk about the case and consequences of the decision for gene researchers and patients.


  • Rebecca Chambers, Myriad Genetics
  • Richard Marsh, Myriad Genetics
  • Sandra Park, ACLU



Segment 2:

A math and science education professor is trying a new song-and-dance to get kids excited about science, math and technology. Dr. Christopher Emdin uses rap and hip-hop culture to engage all students. On Wednesday, Emdin joins us to discuss ways educators can connect with and inspire a new generation of scientists and mathematicians.


  • Dr. Christopher Emdin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University

Dr. Emdin presents “Teaching a New Way: Science and the Hip-Hop Generation” on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Natural History Museum of Utah. This is a free event, but registration is required and seating is limited. He’ll also be visiting classes at West High, Highland High, the City Academy Charter School, and the Salt Lake Science Education Academy.