Justices Consider Whether Patents on Human Genes Are Valid
The Supreme Court is poised to take up the highly charged question of whether human genes can be patented. But another question could trump it: Has the field of genetics moved so far so fast that whatever the court decides, it has come too late to the issue?
The case, which will come before the court on Monday, involves patents held by Myriad Genetics on two human genes, which, when mutated, give a woman a high risk of getting breast or ovarian cancer. The patents give Myriad a monopoly on testing for these mutations, a highly lucrative business....
when are they going to stop this madness??? pay the scientist a decent salary, lets quit creating mad scientists that get legislation passed to protect their markets and secret deeds. a true scientist, one that will help and not destroy life, will be motivated with or without ownership of God's creation.
on a separate note, note to everyone, aspartame is now changing their name to aminosweet. it will be sold to you as a natural sweetener and is being put in almost everything..... another patented situation..... genetically modified ecoli bacteria produces waste from which this product is derived.
So, if Myriad owns a particular gene patent and I am born with that gene, then they own a piece of me! And what if they wish to have this piece? Or wish to do something with it? I hope we can all connect the lines between this and its ramifications regarding abortion, eugenics and insurance coverage. Gives a whole new meaning to "You wanna a piece of me?!"