The first Science on Google+ Hangout with Geneticist Ian Bosdet on the recent Supreme Court Ruling the human genes cannot be patented happens on Tuesday at noon PT / 3 PM ET.
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just reading the first sentence confuses me
what do you mean human genes cannot be patented?
Inventions can be patented, products and goods can be patented, processes can be patented. With patents, one company can patent specific genetic DNA sequences and make money off of them. And they can extend that patent from depending on country another fifty to hundred years. Potential is leaving people without DNA sequences that may help humans combat sicknesses or control mutative DNA that can kill, create sickness, enhance some physical, and mental faculties without real oversight. Etc. this is a a very serious topic and most people are now, just worried about GMO foods. Imagine if companies started making viruses that kill off specific groups of people or promote the procreation of other groups. Or for that matter, start patenting your DNA without your permission. What recourse would you have? None, Nada, and nothing.
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