You Don’t “Own” Your Own Genes
Researchers Raise Alarm about Loss of Individual “Genomic Liberty” Due to Gene Patents That May Impact the Era of Personalized Medicine.
Humans don’t “own” their own genes, the cellular chemicals that define who they are and what diseases they might be at risk for. Through more than 40,000 patents on DNA molecules, companies have essentially claimed the entire human genome for profit, report two researchers who analyzed the patents on human DNA. Their study, published March 25 in the journal Genome Medicine, raises an alarm about the loss of individual “genomic liberty.”
“If these patents are enforced, our genomic liberty is lost,” says Dr. Mason, an assistant professor of physiology and biophysics and computational genomics in computational biomedicine at the Institute for Computational Biomedicine at Weill Cornell. “Just as we enter the era of personalized medicine, we are ironically living in the most restrictive age of genomics. You have to ask, how is it possible that my doctor cannot look at my DNA without being concerned about patent infringement?”
“some historians think that michelangelo was drawing god in a human brain. very few people knew what one looked like at the time; but michelangelo had dissected cadavers and would have known. it even has the hint of a brain stem. if true this would have been a great “fuck you” to the pope whom he was not friendly with but also would have meant god was in a human brain, or created by man.”
Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you or makes you happy.
Robert Tew (via pythons)
^LOL “your face…”
Losing my grip on my direction, commitment, and aspirations.
All that was in my head when I was a college kid, it was all about human rights, NKHR. Counting down to the day I return to my home country to reach across the DMZ, a no man zone that symbolizes the dead war kept alive by the dirty politics that corrupt the peninsula, and impact the livelihood of brothers, relatives, and kinsmen villainized and villified by the anachronistic redscare that still plagues South Korea.
Been here for a year. Ready to serve - a progressive stride to what I thought I knew for myself 3-4 years from now: Serve. Grad School. Human Rights Activism. Reform. Foundations for Reunification.
But goddamn, shit is so fucked up - way beyond what I could have imagined, even beyond what I can comprehend, even now.
It’s 2012. 2013 knocking at the door. And we here. Where Russia was. Where Iran was. Where India was. Where Tajikistan was. Where we fucking were in 1919 through 1943. We still here… Hallyu Way Movement, Psy’s Gangnam style, Samsung global expansion, blahblahblah. “The Korean way is the Worldly way” now?
Stop please. All this ubiquitous bullshit that clogs this generation’s mind is just too much. It’s got me tripping too. Chasing money and worrying bout myself more now. Is this just life, growing up after the college days when we were allowed to submerge ourselves into idealism? Or am I just another apple in the basket sitting next to all the other rotten apples.