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I fear the copious media coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court’s handling of same-sex marriage might drowned out a pivotal case the Court is hearing right now. At stake is who owns the stuff of which we are made.

As Nina Totenberg reports for NPR, Myriad Genetics and ACLU are arguing about the patentability of our own genetic material. As Christopher Hansen of the American Civil Liberties Union argues:

“A patent isn’t a reward for effort. A patent is a reward for invention. And Myriad didn’t invent anything. The gene exists in the body. All Myriad did is find it.”

But, it may not be as simple as that. Research companies want to be compensated for their efforts. They want to ensure that their work is protected  from other profiteers. But, to what extent? Can human genes themselves be patented, or the mechanisms behind them? What is the right of companies like Myriad Genetics to be rewarded for their efforts that contributes to better clinical care and our social good? What are the ethical and moral responsibilities of these companies to put patients first and not keep them from their own genetic information?

Big questions with huge decisions that will impact us and our children.

Not even going to start on my thoughts on this or I’ll might not shut up.

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    Patenting something that already exists is completely ridiculous especially when it can be shared around so that the...
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    Not even going to start on my thoughts on this or I’ll might not shut up.
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    Why am I surprised? :\
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    DISCLAIMER: I reblog this without fear that the coverage of Supreme Court handling of same sex marriage drowns the DNA...
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    This will effect many aspects of our society with either decision.
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