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Here’s a disconcerting thought: for the past thirty years, genes have been patentable. And we’re not just talking genetically modified corn – your genes, pretty much as they exist in your body, can and have been patented. The US government reports over three million gene patent applications have been filed so far; over 40,000 patents are held on sections of the human genome, covering roughly 20% of our genes.
genes aren’t inventions, which are patentable – they’re discoveries, which aren’t
At what point do we sever all of our natural rights or allow the corporate/legal machine to take them from us.