16 July 2009 Words & Images: MiSociety Exclusive
The Patenting of Genes – Or Who Owns Your Body Baby?
Do you worry about how petrol company cartels and the like are controlling our lives? Well in the scheme of things this manipulation of mankind is small fish compared to what MiSociety learned at the book launch for ‘Gene Cartels’.
Dr Luigi Palombi, the author of ‘Gene Cartels’ is an international expert in gene patents. Yes that’s right human ‘gene patents’. Today pharmaceutical giants are being granted patents over our bodies’. The patent law system was created in the 16th century as a safeguard for inventions but it is now being exploited world wide in an immoral grab for cash by medical cartels.
World governments are attempting to battle this incideous development and an Australian Senate enquiry has been instigated.
“Gene Cartels follows hot on the heels of public outcry over a biotechnology company’s attempts to enforce its patents and exclusive right to test for the breast cancer genes in Australia. Using international case studies, Palombi proves that enforcement of gene patents reduces access and drives up testing costs dramatically for patients, and also hinders scientific research and the sharing of important medical knowledge” – courtesy of http://genecartels.net/book.php where you wil find further information on this must read book.
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