Just heard about this ruling about this gene.
Basically it means that none of the genetic material can be patented in Australia.
That has immediate repercussions to many things like treatments and testing. For instance using the PCR method one would have to pay patent money because the polymerase used produced by those bacteria in the Yellowstone is patented.
As Cancer is a disease where the DNA is damaged virtually all the effective cancer treatments would involve genes.
In the same time we know that virtually all the research and drugs are produced in the US where patenting life is legal. Would that put us in a black-out situation where the pharma companies will deny, hinder or delay medication and treatments?
What do you think?
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.