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  •  This for example: You don't own your DNA. (4+ / 0-)
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    "[Patents on human DNA need Congress’s input]," with real impact (particularly for women), that I mentioned some time back with the teaser "Eggs! Sperm! To divert everyone from guns, guns.

    The reality for a person needing a test for genetically linked breast cancer, from "The Supreme Court should invalidate the patent on human DNA":

    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.
    This is but one example in which neglected practical aspects of modern life harm the public while the Republicans war with themselves and Democrats watch the duel all while nattering on about grand theories of government.

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

    by pelagicray on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 06:38:37 AM PDT

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