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How's this for a brain teaser: gene patents scrapped last year on the grounds that they were based on natural molecules were last week reinstated on the grounds that the molecules are, after all, unnatural. The development is the latest twist in a dispute over patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene variants that raise the risk of breast cancer.
In a ruling last March, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York declared the patents invalid because they describe genes found in nature, which cannot be patented as they are not inventions.
Last week, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reached the opposite conclusion.
any moraly retarded , ethicaly devoid , soul less scum who think its a good idea to do so, get shot , right in the face, as soon as they raise the issue with the patent office.
My understanding of this is that the issue of wether or not these things SHOULD be patented is not nearly as important as making sure that any moraly retarded , ethicaly devoid , soul less scum who think its a good idea to do so, get shot , right in the face, as soon as they raise the issue with the patent office.
Originally posted by goldentorch
Isn't over 90% of our DNA classified under the term 'junk DNA'. Therefore like you say doesn't this ruling open the floodgates for them to potentially own us by legal patent. Is that worse than slavery???edit on 2/8/11 by goldentorch because: clarification