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  •  Eggs! Sperm! To divert everyone from guns, guns (2+ / 0-)
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    and all: You don't "own" the contents of your own eggs, sperm and cells. Unless SCOTUS cracks down on "bidness" right now.

    "The Supreme Court should invalidate the patent on human DNA" by  Jeffrey A. Rosenfeld and Christopher E. Mason tells us why, with my emphasis.

    Today, Salk would be shocked to find that your DNA belongs not to you but rather to many companies and institutions that have patents on the DNA from your cells. Forty-one percent of the genes in your genome are not legally yours, according to a long list of gene patents that have been granted since the 1980s. These patents cover thousands of human genes and restrict a doctor’s ability to look at your DNA and plan your medical treatment. These patent claims contradict an intuitive sense that your DNA is no less yours than your lungs or kidneys.

    And "breasts" are involved, so "war on women" can be invoked:

    The justices will hear oral argument April 15 over a lower federal court’s decision that human genes can be patented. The case involves Myriad Genetics, which received patents in the 1990s for the exclusive right to examine any isolated DNA that contains the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Most people have normal versions of these genes, but those who carry mutations of BRCA usually have an 85 to 90 percent risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. Doctors cannot independently look at the genetic code in a person’s BRCA genes, because as soon as blood is drawn and DNA is isolated to examine those genes, it is immediately the legal property of Myriad Genetics. . . Because of Myriad’s patents, any American who wants to have his or her DNA tested for the potentially life-threatening BRCA mutations has to use the services of Myriad Genetics. There is no possibility of an independent test. Myriad charges about $3,000 for the testing, but hundreds of clinical laboratories nationwide could do it for less than $200.
    So, seriously, this is an important concern and something to put front burner on the political agenda if SCOTUS doesn't kill the idea with a decision.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 08:26:09 AM PDT

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