Sunday, April 7, 2013

Who Will Own Your Genes?

Hi all,
In today's online edition of the New Yorker, there is an article by Micheal Spector entitled "Who Will Own Your Genes?", questioning whether or not human genes ought to be patented. In fact, some genes have already been patented.

With all of the excitement of using DNA in genealogy to prove ancestral connections, I can't help wonder at what point will it all intersect, if at all.  Of course, this article does not address genealogical research of any kind.  It does, however, address the issue of how genetic patents could impact medical research, and therefore, how we humans could recieve medical care in the future.

And to all of you: what are your thoughts? What impact do you think patenting genetics will have on medical care in the future? How, if possible, will patented genes have an impact on the genealogical research we do, via connecting to our ancestors through DNA?

So here's the article:

Have a great Sunday!

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