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Who Owns You? 20% of the Genes in Your Body are Patented

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posted on Aug, 13 2010 @ 03:35 PM
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Who Owns You? 20% of the Genes in Your Body are Patented


singularityhub.com

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
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posted on Aug, 13 2010 @ 03:35 PM
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How is it possible for the legal system to allow a corporation to patent something that occurs naturally within nature? How is it possible that human DNA can be spliced and isolated and then be legally defined as an invention?

The perversion of science that is happening in the genetic engineering arena is getting to be totally outrageous.

If you have a genetic condition, a cure for which is based on genetic material that you possess and that genetic material has been patented, you have to pay for the treatment you in essense have helped to create? No problem with a patent from a treatment/therapy developed from genetic material. That afterall is an invention. But allowing a company to patent the very building blocks of nature is obscene

By what right does a corporation take a legal right to something in our bodies? At what point do we sever all of our natural rights or allow the corporate/legal machine to take them from us.


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posted on Aug, 13 2010 @ 03:36 PM
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On the other hand, if those genes screw up and give us cancer or something can we sue the owners of the patents?



posted on Aug, 13 2010 @ 04:57 PM
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At what point do we sever all of our natural rights or allow the corporate/legal machine to take them from us.


We're at that point now. Of course none of us has (willingly) severed our natural rights to our genetics - but as you astutely point out, the corporations are ALREADY claiming "ownership". Effectively, they have already been taken from us - nobody has worked out the licensing issues yet but they will and then.......

you'll have to pay royalties and get corporate licenses to reproduce!


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[edit on 13-8-2010 by ganjoa]



posted on Aug, 13 2010 @ 05:51 PM
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aww come on now you are looking at the cup half full.
Now try this your born with a gen that is malfunction .this company owns the rights to that defective gen
So you get a lawer sue them for a 100 million dollors and hire a harem .
oK so were is the down side ?(after all every one has alest one gen taht is messed up lolol



posted on Aug, 13 2010 @ 05:51 PM
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aww come on now you are looking at the cup half full.
Now try this your born with a gen that is malfunction .this company owns the rights to that defective gen
So you get a lawer sue them for a 100 million dollors and hire a harem .
oK so were is the down side ?(after all every one has alest one gen taht is messed up lolol



posted on Aug, 13 2010 @ 05:51 PM
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aww come on now you are looking at the cup half full.
Now try this your born with a gen that is malfunction .this company owns the rights to that defective gen
So you get a lawer sue them for a 100 million dollors and hire a harem .
oK so were is the down side ?(after all every one has alest one gen taht is messed up lolol



posted on Aug, 13 2010 @ 05:52 PM
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aww come on now you are looking at the cup half full.
Now try this your born with a gen that is malfunction .this company owns the rights to that defective gen
So you get a lawer sue them for a 100 million dollors and hire a harem .
oK so were is the down side ?(after all every one has alest one gen taht is messed up lolol



posted on Aug, 13 2010 @ 05:52 PM
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aww come on now you are looking at the cup half full.
Now try this your born with a gen that is malfunction .this company owns the rights to that defective gen
So you get a lawer sue them for a 100 million dollors and hire a harem .
oK so were is the down side ?(after all every one has alest one gen taht is messed up lolol



posted on Aug, 13 2010 @ 05:54 PM
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It is ridiculous. Not that somebody owns us - because patent is not on gene itself but on usage of this gene in industry/research. Nobody can charge you for having/using this gene ,errm, naturally.
But it is ridiculous that there was not enough money for large non-profit organizations (like UN or governments) to invest enough in such an important project to get acceptably fast results, and the only option was to use private researchers/corporations.
Now as we know - they do not work for free. The opposite is true - and the demand was to allow patenting of sequences of genes those guys find to recover their money (or actually potentially to make tons of money on it).
This is why result is as it is. Information was obtained, but not all of it can be freely used so benefit is not as large as it can be. A shame.
I assume that Human proteome project will eventually go down the same path.



posted on Aug, 13 2010 @ 05:56 PM
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This makes me wonder about milk* Technically supopse we found out hormones in milk are screwing with out genes, or something else theyve added without our consent* since its patended, you could not sue* governemnt and the FED will inervine stopping that. same as monstanos crappy chemical killing veggitables



posted on Aug, 13 2010 @ 06:08 PM
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Pharmacutcal companies perhaps and we are the guinea pigs.



posted on Aug, 13 2010 @ 07:33 PM
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reply to post by ZeroKnowledge
 


By what right does the US government grant what they presume to account for a global patent on human genetic material?

There is no way these "patents" can be legitimately enforced outside of the US. That being the case, what are they for? Sure they can prevent other US firms from using the same genetic material, but mostly they are for short term manipulation of stock prices. Pharma firm gets a patent, stock goes up, elites make a ton of dough.

Its that simple



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