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Should the Human Genome Be Patented?

submitted on January 28, 2010 by Solstice in "Member's Lounge"
I just got done reading this interesting article, and thought it might spur some interesting debate.

Can or should it be possible to own or have rights to portions of the human genome?

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    Posted by mooncow728 on January 28, 2010
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    If you didn't create it then you shouldn't be able to patent it. It makes no sense to me why anyone would have been able to in the first place. On top of that Myriad is making it so a lot of research can't be done on breast cancer. What if one of those people being blocked out could find the cure? My head is all over the place on this one but I strongly disagree with being able to patent genes.
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    Posted by Solstice on January 29, 2010
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    I actually though people might be interested in talking about this issue. Sad

    Well, its my thread, so I guess its only fitting that I should comment at least once.

    My take is this. Ultimately its about the money. If public funds were used to decode a section of genome, even if those public funds went into a private research project, then its public property.

    However, if private funds were used, I think this could provide a reasonable and proper use of eminent domain on a public governmental level, as such information could clearly be shown to be in the public interest. All that would have to be determined is the value of monetary expenditure that was spent to garner the sections of decoded genome, and then the private owner should be reimbursed for that value. The decoded sections of genome would then become publicly owned, and could be made readily available for any researcher.

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