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AMP presented testimony to the Patent Office requesting moratorium on human gene patents

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posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 04:24 PM

AMP presented testimony to the Patent and Trademark Office requesting moratorium on human gene patenting

Today, the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to place a moratorium on the issuing of patents on human genes during testimony presented at an Agency hearing on genetic diagnostic testing. AMP is the lead plaintiff of 20 plaintiffs in an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sponsored lawsuit challenging the validity of patents on two hereditary breast and ovarian cancer genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2. AMP joined the litigation .....
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posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 04:25 PM
It appears this is an example of the problems that a commerce-oriented approach to healthcare creates.

The USPTO - with its 'specialist" lawyers and entirely detached approach to the human beings involved in the matter didn't hesitate to grant the patents.... we can only imagine why. (speculation: profit for the people who will eventually hire them when they ''move on' to the private sector.)

The onus will fall on the plaintiffs to prove 'quantitatively' what 'harm' is being done. Of course, this means that patient privacy stands in the way of proof. Interesting conundrum, no?

"Patients are increasingly being harmed by patents that claim ownership over the biological relationships between genetic variants and clinical disease," stated Roger D. Klein, MD JD, Chair of AMP's Professional Relations Committee. For example, a method patent relating to a variation in a gene known as FLT3 that is used to qualify some leukemia patients for bone marrow transplant is forcing physicians and laboratories to split and geographically distribute irreplaceable bone marrow specimens. "Splitting samples not only creates an additional risk of specimen loss and delays the receipt of patient results," stated Dr. Klein, "it interferes with the ability of pathologists to provide synoptic interpretations involving multiple tests and prevents them from implementing cost saving algorithms that restrict testing to those tests that are truly necessary."

I can't discern whether commerce is more important than people, or just some commerce is more important than people. Or maybe commerce is more important than some people....

Either way, sick individuals... don't get in the way of commerce... you're just not that important.
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posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 05:14 PM
This is kind of a fascinating topic - more specifically, the modern genetic manipulation experiment (as opposed to breeding, etc.). I believe people must have been living under a rock not to come across the acronym, GMO, but that doesn't mean that people are up to snuff on the aspect of the issue that you have presented. For a bit of a primer or proximity refresher, I hope you don't mind that I post this recent video from the Corbett Report Youtube Channel (a channel to subscribe to if you have a Youtube account).

What I think is interesting about this is the aspect of (intellectual) property rights and who as the claim to make changes upon them. So, we change something that belongs to the earth and call it our own intellectual creation, therefore our property, therefore our right to benefit off it's productivity in commerce? Interesting thing to consider.

Ultimately, the argument presented in the video above, and perhaps the thinking that should be applied to the context of your post is that of Open Source. Unfortunately, to get everyone to this perspective, we would have to redefine the relationship of the individual to the earth and her community as a whole.

Peace and thanks for the thread.

posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 05:22 PM
I feel like I'm living in some crazy alternate reality. On top of all the other "wtf's" we have deal with, we have to deal with patented human DNA now too? At least there's a call for a moratorium on it but honestly, I had no idea this was even going on...pure insanity and terrifying.

Thanks for sharing.

posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 05:55 PM
reply to post by Kali74

They've almost taken the school to a hellzone. And they expect people are giving permissions unless they all stand up and get slaughtered by them or constantly fight fight fight for freedom.

No, I'll pray for them, meditate, and hold an equal beautiful eutopic world without patents or copyright or banks but infinite abundance, with joy and positive emotions, and wait for the cosmic arrests teams. No karma and refuse to get bent out of shape, I don't believe in any of this.
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posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 09:09 PM
All this patent madness is creating a lot of problems. Did any of these scientists actually develop these genes? no. All they done was identify them. This means that Christopher Columbus owns the Earth as he identified its correct shape with this logic that is being used. Patents are applied to inventions and process, to apply this principle to nature is so far beyond wrong it is an abomination of law.

posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 09:32 PM

Originally posted by Kali74
I had no idea this was even going on...pure insanity and terrifying.

Michael Crichton wrote about this very thing in his book Next
This from wikipedia:

Genetic Research and Legislative Needs

While writing Next, Crichton concluded that laws covering genetic research desperately needed to be revised, and spoke to Congressional staff members about problems ahead. A Talk to Legislative Staffers Washington, D.C. September 14, 2006[37]

It was the last thing he published before his untimely, unexpected death. That is actually how I happened upon ATS. I was searching the net. I thought somebody must have 'taken him out.'

About Next:

Next is a 2006 techno-thriller novel by Michael Crichton, the last to be published during his lifetime. Next takes place in the present world, where both the government and private investors spend billions of dollars every year on genetic research. The novel follows many characters, including transgenic animals, in the quest to survive in a world dominated by genetic research, corporate greed, and legal interventions.

In an appendix the author argues against patents on naturally-occurring genes, against corporate ownership of individuals' cell lines, and in favor of legislation to abolish these.


He was no dummy... he wrote The Andromeda Strain while in medical school, then Jurassic Park, State of Fear (debunking global warming), the TV series ER, and so many other amazing books. His books are full of actual footnotes, which are as fascinating as the story lines. I think he knew too much.

posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 11:19 PM
reply to post by new_here

Chrichton was great, wasn't he? And yeah, he knew too much. Cancer is the new plane crash solution.
...Fortunately, his son(?) is picking up the ball and at least one new title has already come out.

Good find Maxmars. S&F&

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