Why is it ethical or unethical to patent human genes?
A very large portion of the human genome has already been patented by individuals and research institutions. That means that they are literally staking claim to the genetic makeup of the human body for financial gain.
It is very unethical. The Human Genome Project is the key to massive advancements in medicine: You can get a drug that is specific to your own genetic code instead of some generic pill for a generalized disease. Patenting regions of the human genome only makes it more difficult, and more expensive nation-wide for the medical treatments and scientific advancements we're trying to reach.
In short, one company is making it more difficult to advance for the whole country, while government branches are trying to give it our for free. While I am in favor of a Capitalistic economy, this is ridiculous.
Absolutely unethical. Discovering something vitally important about the human condition, about life itself!, is noteworthy and deserves singled out recognition. But NOBODY can or should attempt to "own" knowledge. Can you imagins knowledge as a commodity, or property or privilige to be bought and sold?! Oh, wait - college! Damn!
I feel it would be unethical to take a gene you find in my body, and then patent it as your own. Keeping others from discovering what just might be inside that gene. So many trolls just patent and never do anything with said patent as is. It would be heartbreaking to see that practice carried over into medicine.
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