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Finally some common sense over Patents on Human Genes

By HAL 9000 Moderator ·
With the report that a US Federal Court Judge has overturned Patents on Human Genes so that those issues no longer have any force is this the beginning of a revamp of the incredible US Patent Laws?

Or will the courts have to lead the way out of the mess that the Bureaucracy has created issuing patients on everything applied for?

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/04/gene-testing-future/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Index+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29&utm_content=Google+International

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Now, if they will only extend this to all genes and destroy

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Finally some common sense ...

the stranglehold some companies are trying to place on crop genes.

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Personally,

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Now, if they will only ex ...

I think we shouldn't be engaging in genetic manipulation. We're far too short-sighted to grasp the ramifications of meddling in such.

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Agreed, but what's worse is the way the idiotic US patent system

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Personally,

has allowed companies to find a gene, analyse all it does, and then patent that naturally occuring gene as one only they can sell - thus you start to get monopolies on food stuffs that occur in nature - sheesh.

And selling seed that's sterile, that should be made unlawful as it denies the growers the ability to continue in operation if something goes wrong with the seed delivery system.

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Only until

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Finally some common sense ...

some slimeball geneticist coupled with some slimeball lawyer get together to figure out just the right legalese by which to make their claim.

Cynical, me? :0

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Bad bad bad Davette

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Only until

You are almost as cynical as me. So keep working hard and you'll eventually reach me.

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Let's approach the churches about putting forward a combined

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Only until

claim on ALL genes and their derived variants, they can lodge (collectively) on behalf of God, as God's agents. That'll really screw up the patents office people.

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Reminds me of a joke.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Let's approach the church ...

After years of research and experimentation, scientists can create life from dirt. Upon which they come to the conclusion that man no longer needs God. So they take it up with him in conversation one day, explaining that as scientists can now do his job for him he's unnecessary and should go elsewhere. He responds with a challenge to the men to prove it. They sigh, and begin to dig in the ground. He stops them, telling them to get their own dirt.

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Big smile here!

by santeewelding In reply to Reminds me of a joke.
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That's just fair, you want to run the baseball game your way

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Reminds me of a joke.

you get your own bat, ball, bases, and vacant lot to play on.

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Read the holding...

by DHCDBD In reply to Finally some common sense ...

on either the 29th or the 30th. The holding does not bar, per se, patenting a gene. The holding bars patenting a gene without providing a specific mechanism of applicability for the patent. In other words, discovery is not grounds for a patent without an application of the discovery. Without specificity, a person could not reasonably know how to avoid patent infringement.

From my perspective, it looks as if the larger firms are turning on one another attempting to control one of the basis of life. When all the sharks go into a feeding frenzy, then maybe us lower life forms will see some benefit.

I think other news in science such as a superconductor composed of just four molecules was more interesting, but not as far reaching.

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