The Human Genome Project
The opinion that I had from the start of this assignment has not changed at all. I still feel that it is a disservice to let some people profit, disproportionately, from a research project that was instituted to help find the answers to the DNA mystery.
The Human Genome Project was conceived to help us find out how to diagnose, and discover a cure to any and all of the diseases that plague mankind. The premise being that all of the scientists involved would share, freely, their information with each other. Some of the scientists involved in this project are perverting this goal to include a for profit only section. The sad part is that the only scientists that are making huge monetary gains are those that hold the patents to the genes sequences they discover. At this point in time the United States is the only country involved in the Human Genome Project that allows researchers to secure a patent on individual genes that they have discovered.
The Human Genome Project as a catch substitute for all of the things that research companies make money off of is not working. There are far too many people making big bucks off this, supposedly, pure research project.
Most people don't have a clue that someone else owns the rights to the twisted ladder of particles that makes them who they are. DNA is a part of what make us human. That same strand of DNA that makes up you, may be held in the patent office in Washington, D.C., or in a lab in Utah. The Human Genome Project was created to be a sharing of the information that was gathered rather than another way to make a fast buck.
The United States Patent office needs to...