May 16, 2013

Myriad Does Not Own Your Genes

Myriad does not own your genes.

Image: Cathy Wilcox

Angelina Jolie had to make difficult choices due to her BRCA1 gene and says 
The cost of testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2, at more than $3,000 in the United States, remains an obstacle for many women
All because of Myriad.

Although Myriad is bent on claiming that it owns your genes, Myriad Owns Your Genes, it does not.

MathBioNerd explains 
Myriad did not develop the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. Myriad did not create the mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 that are associated with breast, or other cancers. Myriad has no right to prevent anyone from knowing what the sequence of our genes are.

This patent gives Myriad ownership of information about my body that has always been a part of me.  is akin to giving them the right to know (and to tell me, or not) what color my eyes are, even though I could use a mirror to figure it out. Using the mirror (doing it myself), would violate the patent unless I paid Myriad money. It is like allowing Myriad to charge me thousands of dollars to know what my blood type is (even though I can order a couple, super-nifty, blood-typing cards for twenty bucks).

Meanwhile Myriad is busy monetizing its patents with its cancer tests.


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