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    The Honorable Xavier Becerra
    1119 Longworth House Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20515

    The Honorable Dave Weldon, M.D.
    2347 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20515

    Reps. Becerra and Weldon:

    I am writing to express my support for HR 977, the legislation to ban the patenting of genes. This is a vital issue for patient rights and medical costs in the twenty-first century.

    Studies show that gene patents slow the pace of medical research and hugely raise the cost of patient care: for breast cancer genes, a test that should cost $30 instead costs $3,000, and the woman must donate her tissues for research as well. Gene patents have been used to halt research, and to limit medical testing. Patients cannot even be told what genes are in their own bodies-because someone owns the patent on them!

    I urge quick action by Congress on this matter affecting all Americans.

    Sincerely,



    Cc:
    " The Honorable Howard Berman, Chair, Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property
    " The Honorable Howard Coble, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property
    " The Honorable John Conyers, Jr., Chair, House Committee on the Judiciary
    " The Honorable Lamar Smith, Ranking Member, House Committee on the Judiciary
    " The Honorable Patrick Leahy, Chair, Senate Committee on the Judiciary
    " The Honorable Arlen Specter, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on the Judiciary



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