Browsing articles from "April, 2013"
Apr
16
2013

A Letter to a Friend: Is Gene Patenting Wrong?

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Oh! You got me started! So being at a biotech school, I am well aware of this issue. Of course, the question is, can we patent life? And more specifically, can we patent genes? Of course, if they are a product of nature, then no one could claim ownership of it, and thus, not patentable. However, this all changed in 1980 with Diamond v. Chakrabarty. The conclusion was that if something was modified in lab, in [...]

Apr
13
2013

A Letter to a Female Colleague

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“It is without a doubt that your efforts will be met with success, not because those two events are following the laws of probability where an amalgamation is ultimately inevitable, but because your efforts and dedication is creating a biased attraction to that success. The fact that you are pursuing science and having such a leadership role in it is a celebration of many achievements. A strong woman in science with your ethnical background should [...]