The blog for Massachusetts Citizens for Life: the pro-life movement in the Bay State since 1973.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Congress may allow patents on humans, vote tomorrow
Remember Michael Crichton's Next, which he wrote to warn the public that people could be patented in this country. In the book, a company owned the DNA of the original person and, therefore, of all his descendents and among other things, there were human/chimp mixes. In his usual fashion, Crichton took what was possible to its logical conclusion. The point was/is that, in the US, we need to spell out restrictions.
The U.S. House of Representatives will consider, probably Wednesday, June 15, the America Invents Act , H.R. 1249, a bill to update patent law. On the floor, the Manager's Amendment is expected to include a provision to prohibit the patenting of a human organism.
MESSAGE: "Please support the ban on patenting a human organism in H.R. 1249, and oppose any attempt to weaken or eliminate the provision. No member of the human species is mere property to be licensed, bought, or sold."