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  1. #1 Gene patents may hamper innovations in patient care 
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    “Gene patents are discoveries, not inventions and patenting discoveries may hamper future innovations in developing cost-effective patient care products and services. Scientific and technological innovations in molecular cloning, sequencing, PCR, bioinformatics, biochemical methods etc., have created innovative ways to identify genes and assign functions, without these inventions genes would have been a still unknown factor. Thus, gene patents are not true inventions; rather these are discoveries made possible through other technological and scientific inventions. Banning gene patents may offer incredible opportunities for innovations that can attract investments to create sustainable entrepreneurial establishments and scientific jobs, which may be significantly higher than gene patents alone can offer. In contrast, granting gene patents may lead to innovation bottlenecks that favor fewer inventions, restricted entrepreneurial initiatives, limited job growth, and non-competitive monopoly. Unfortunately, gene patents and the complex legal interpretations of simple scientific principles surrounding gene patents may slow down or hamper future innovations in patient care, specifically the development of cost-effective novel diagnostic and therapeutic products that enable physicians to provide best possible care for their patients”. The original blog can be viewed at: Gene patents may hamper innovations in patient care


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    It would be patented if a methold of either splicing or replacing genes can be developed by researchers.


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    Gene splicing is a natural process, which can be replicated in vitro using patentable technologies. This does not mean that an inventor who has developed or replicated a naturally occurring phenomenon such as splicing in a "test tube" will have patent rights on all gene splicing process in humans or other living organisms.
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    Patenting something that existed before the person that's claiming rights on it should not be allowed anymore than that lady in Spain that has a claim on the Sun because no one else claimed it first.
    Its ridiculous and a sad aberration.

    (So you own a patent on some genes heh? Did I mention Im the owner of the atom known as Oxygen? That's right I filed for it and a bureau in Palau rubber stamped it, now I want "my" oxygen back, step into this disintegration booth so I can extract "my" 60% of your atomic mass, just let me know where you want the dust that's left to be placed. )
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    Quote Originally Posted by icewendigo View Post
    Patenting something that existed before the person that's claiming rights on it should not be allowed anymore than that lady in Spain that has a claim on the Sun because no one else claimed it first.
    Its ridiculous and a sad aberration.

    (So you own a patent on some genes heh? Did I mention Im the owner of the atom known as Oxygen? That's right I filed for it and a bureau in Palau rubber stamped it, now I want "my" oxygen back, step into this disintegration booth so I can extract "my" 60% of your atomic mass, just let me know where you want the dust that's left to be placed. )
    I hold the patent on both protons and neutrons, plus I own the pattent for EM. Just leave the dust as it is thankyou Ice... it's more use to me in it's present state!


    What about land rights? who really has a right to the land over others? does putting a flag down really equate to ownership of the moon?

    I want my genes patented... I don't want to be replicated unless it is done by nature.
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