Genomic Research and Accessibility Act

BIPARTISAN BILL TO END GENE PATENTS

Representative Xavier Becerra (CA-31), Assistant to the Speaker and the only congressional member from Southern California on the House Committee on Ways and Means, today introduced the Genomic Research and Accessibility Act, a bill that once enacted, would put an immediate end to the practice of patenting any and all portions of the human genome. Rep. Dave Weldon, M.D. (FL-15) joined Rep. Becerra as the co-author of the legislation. [ Read More ]
Representative Xavier Becerra

Speech by Michael Crichton to Congressional Aides

WHAT'S WRONG WITH PATENTING GENES?

Gene patents might have looked reasonable 20 years ago, but the field has changed since in ways nobody could have predicted. And we have plenty of evidence today that gene patents are bad practice, harmful, and dangerous. Gene patenting breaks all sorts of long-standing rules about what is protectable, and it does so with no countervailing benefit. [ Read More ]

Dr. John E. Sulston

NOBEL LAUREATE OPPOSES GENE PATENTS

Dr. John E. Sulston, the winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Medicine, has come out strongly against gene patents because they slow the pace of scientific advance.

Sulston was a principal player in the Human Genome Project to decode the human genome. "I was amazed at the tacit acceptance by some that this information could and should be privatized," he said. "The product was not an invention: a genome sequence is a clear-cut case of public domain material." Since that first brush, Sulston has seen the negative impact patents can have on research. [ Read More ]
Dr. John Sulston


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