Monday, August 23, 2010

20% of our Genes already patented by private companies

So, how do you humans feel about this?

One-fifth of the human genome is currently controlled by companies that have received patents issued by the U.S. government. More than 40,000 gene patents have been awarded to biotechnology businesses, with even more on the way, what with three million gene patent applications having been filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Critics of gene patenting question why the federal government has allowed the human genome to become proprietary possessions of business, given that genes are discovered, not invented.
The legality of human-gene patenting, which began in 1990, came into question during a recent court case, when, in March, U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet struck down the patent claims of Myriad Genetics, which had been selling genetic screening for breast and ovarian cancer.


Myself, I don't feel very good about this at all

6 comments:

  1. Not to sound like too much of an asshole, but most Americans are either so stupid or brainwashed, so who in the hell would want that DNA?

    They'd have better luck with chimps.

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  2. Greg not sounding like an asshole at all, just telling it like it is but as fer the chimps part hell they have one for a president and hows that working for them?

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  3. you guys are funny.

    Greg, you don't sound like an asshole. Sadly.....what you are saying is true.

    Time to access your intelligence people. Clue: not possible sitting on your asses watching television.

    Silv; Isn't this the second chimp for president?
    I recall bush being characterized as a chimp quite often.

    Seems to be insulting..to chimps that is.

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  4. ah yes Penn ole G Dubya, but in the case of Obuma, put him in a little red suite with gold trim and a fez and give him a tin cup and an organ grinder and he really wouldn't look so out of place now would he? Think about it.

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  5. me and my genes are NOT for sale

    Brian

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  6. Hey Brian:

    I quite agree with that, I feel exactly the same way.

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