Who owns your DNA

DNA is the building block for our genes. Our genes make us who we are by determining eye and hair color, height and all sorts of other stuff like medical problems and disease.

The Supreme Court will soon be hearing a case about gene patents because the ethics of DNA patents has come into question. There’s a company that owns a patent for cow breeding and has explicit claims for DNA sequences as small as 15 nucleotides that matched 84% of human genes.

No one is claiming that the cow breeding company is doing anything wrong or has any ill intent but it is concerning that a patent designed to study cow genetics claims the majority of human genes and that’s why the debate has made it all the way to the Supreme Court and if the matter weren’t so serious it would be funny.

Genetic research and understanding is an evolving science and our ability to cure and prevent disease is enhanced by genetic research. If the human genome is off-limits due to patent issues medical research and advancement may be limited.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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