1. Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak tells Terry Gross about why Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the opinion for the Myriad Genetics BRCA gene (aka “the breast cancer gene”) patenting case:

Justice Thomas, because he’s so idiosyncratic, very seldom gets assigned a major case, and that may be the biggest case he ever wrote and it was possible for him to write it because it was on an area where his views on originalism and so on didn’t really come into play and he could write for a majority. And there’s a funny little concurrence from Justice Alito saying, ‘Sounds right to me, but I don’t really understand the science, so I’m telling you the general result sounds correct, but the science may be off.

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    Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak tells Terry Gross about why Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the opinion for the Myriad Genetics BRCA gene (aka “the breast cancer gene”) patenting case:

    Justice Thomas, because he’s so idiosyncratic, very seldom gets assigned a major case, and that may be the biggest case he ever wrote and it was possible for him to write it because it was on an area where his views on originalism and so on didn’t really come into play and he could write for a majority. And there’s a funny little concurrence from Justice Alito saying, ‘Sounds right to me, but I don’t really understand the science, so I’m telling you the general result sounds correct, but the science may be off.

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