Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The Rise and Fall of Patented Genes - The patent office has really done it this time.
Check out the 60 minutes report at the above link. While I believe some people do believe in competition, this is clearly people using the patent office to monopolize genes their research has discovered. True, a company who paid for the research deserves to be compensated for the risk/reward but how can one patent something that occurs in nature that we just happened to discover as we become more knowledgeable about genetics? I understand the company that patented the BRAC1 and 2 genes has appealed this decision. I hope they lose because they have already been paid handsomely for this patent and because genes should simply not be patentable. Cures for genetic ailments on the other hand should be because the cure is not naturally occurring in nature and this is a process someone or some entity created to get a curative result. In my opinion, they should be able to profit there and we would not have patents standing in the way of more effective cures and research.
One more thing is that we need to find the underlying cause for cancers and understand what cancer is, vs what we do now which is scaring, scarring and testing and scaring people to death of death from an entity we still really do not understand and using chemo which is a crap shoot treatment which helps some, and ignoring other inventive ways that are not as profitable to administer or seem heretical at the time but get to the heart of the problem.
What do you think? I welcome your comments.