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Up on the Board: Gene patents, Nassau and Suffolk borrowing, NYPD monitor

Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the media following

Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the media following a vote in the House of Representatives at the U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern District of Louisiana office in New Orleans, Louisiana. (June 28, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

Today’s Supreme Court decision that human genes cannot be patented by companies has history-making implications, the editorial board believes. Genetics is a burgeoning area of medicine, and the court’s ruling says that companies can’t own the knowledge for profit. We’re very pleased with the 9-0 ruling, and we’ll be watching to see how researchers react.

The board is unhappy with Nassau and Suffolk counties asking for state permission to borrow to cover their debts. We’re planning to editorialize on this for tomorrow’s paper.

We note that former President Bill Clinton has split with President Barack Obama on Syria. Clinton believes Obama should act more aggressively to support anti-Assad rebels.

And we think the federal government should stay out of New York City’s stop-and-frisk civil rights suit. U.S. Attorney Eric Holder says the NYPD should have a federal monitor if stop-and-frisk is deemed unconstitutional by U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan. Holder’s brief is almost an assumption that the NYPD and Mayor Michael Bloomberg would be unwilling to comply with Scheindlin’s ruling.

For Sunday, we’re planning to look at Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s 10-point Women’s Equality Act.

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Up on the Board is the editorial board's blog about what we just discussed at our weekday morning meeting. These meetings are where we talk about the news of the day and hash out our positions for the opinion sections of Newsday, Newsday Westchester and amNew York.


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