Did you know that Biotech Firms own your body?

human dna and genes - patenting the genes in our bodies is a slipper slope, soon medicine will indeed be too expensive to even entertain.
@Willowlady (10666)
United States
March 4, 2007 1:20pm CST
A company can own human genes, own the gene patent. That has prevented a doctor from doing a clinical test for Connexin26, the gene associated with dearness. He wished to lead to more effective treatment for kids. He got a letter from a biotechnology company telling him he could do more testing. He needed to pay thousands of dollars up front and send the sample to the company for their testing. He had no choice and had to stop. A lawy professor who specializes in this subject says that we have no idea that genes within our bodies have been patented without our knowledge and consent. About 1/5 of the decoded human genome, which contains about 24,000 genes, has already been patented. These include those for breast cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy. Under U.S. law, the holders of the patents-often biotechnology companies will enjoy total control over them for 20 years. They can stop any research with these genes. Or charge hefty fees that will stifle science. You can help congress to get a hand on this and restrict these patents by contacting your representatives in Washington. Do any others from other countries have anything like this?
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@brokentia (10395)
• United States
5 Mar 07
That is just ridiculous!!! No company should have a patent on genes! It is not as if the company created those genes. They are natural. It would be like saying they have put a patent on air and all who breathe it has to pay a fee! Or water! I can understand that a company did spend time and money into breaking it down and finding those genes linked to certain medical issues...but to patent it is just plain ridiculous!
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Glad that you agree with me. If I want something tested on my I should have say so not another company. Thanks for responding.
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
23 Mar 07
what it can do is affect the health care available to you because they control the research of the genome which isnt an invention but a process which I dont think they should own like a spot on a map is not patented
@bluewings (3857)
5 Mar 07
Hmmm Not yet, but isn't impossible coz biotech industry is rapidly growing in our country and will take over the IT industry soon.Now I know why they were working so hard to recognise the whole set of human genome-To make more money.Nah,jokes apart.Seriously,it's extraordinary that they could own a part of us without our knowledge or permission.I'd rather the patenting company pay the countrymen to get the patent for that gene.But ,I guess, government would already have charged them hefty cash to give the patent.Honestly,I don't see this staying.Here's why-Say a company has a patent for a particular gene in that country.Then ,some other country might be researching on the same gene and get the pharmaceutical products out in the market to rectify the defect associated with that gene before them( the country where that gene is patented).That would mean a huge loss of revenue to them.So,over the time I see this disappearing ,again for commercial reasons and would be justified for medicinal reasons and sure I could be wrong.:-)
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Actually I see that coming is only the rich being able to get any treatment for anything. Thanks for responding.
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@bluewings (3857)
24 May 07
I really hope they value human health over commerce.Thanks for the BR,Willowlady!
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
23 Mar 07
They dont own your body just the genome procedure
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
23 Mar 07
Disagree on the owning the gene itself. If we have it in our body then technically it is not ours once patented. Thanks for responding.