The Good in Gene Patenting for BRCA1 and BRCA2 Essay

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Myriad Genetics is a biotech company that has a patent on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which exist in all humans. I have no problem with that. Myriad Genetics has done what they reasonably had to in order to compete with other companies. Companies should be able to hold patents on genes because it will fuel the growth of scientific research.
BRCA1 and BRCA2 are two genes that have been patented by Myriad Genetics. These genes are not rare, they are found in everyone. One of the outstanding characteristics of these genes is their ability to naturally fix DNA. Myriad Genetics isolated the gene from the DNA sequence. The company has created a test that can reveal a possible mutation in those genes, which correlates with a higher breast and
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Myriad Genetics is a biotech company that has a patent on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which exist in all humans. I have no problem with that. Myriad Genetics has done what they reasonably had to in order to compete with other companies. Companies should be able to hold patents on genes because it will fuel the growth of scientific research.
BRCA1 and BRCA2 are two genes that have been patented by Myriad Genetics. These genes are not rare, they are found in everyone. One of the outstanding characteristics of these genes is their ability to naturally fix DNA. Myriad Genetics isolated the gene from the DNA sequence. The company has created a test that can reveal a possible mutation in those genes, which correlates with a higher breast and ovarian cancer probability in a person and their family. Myriad Genetics has a patent on both the BRCA genes and the procedure to test whether or not a patient has a BRCA gene mutation. Since Myriad has control over these things, no other company or person can research the gene further or make another test.
One of the big issues with Myriad Genetics is the amount of money they charge for the screening to be done. The test costs approximately three thousand dollars. Some on the side of the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, may assume that Myriad Genetics makes the test at such a high price because they want to take advantage of people, accumulating as much money as they can for profit. These claims rest upon the questionable assumption that