The Gene Patent Question

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  • Published: 19 December 2017
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  • Joshua Gherlone
    Joshua Gherlone  4 days back

    Mentioning Monsanto's corn without mentioning how awful Monsanto CURRENTLY CONTINUES TO BE is a mistake I can't really leave.
    Monsanto tried to abuse a simple fact of life to crush any and all competition their corn had.
    Plants reproduce.
    Plants spread, in a wide variety of ways.
    These ways are not all ways that can be controlled normally.
    Monsanto started suing farmers who lived near the farmers who bought their seeds.
    Why?
    They were stealing Monsanto property.
    How?
    The seed from Farmer A's Monsanto-Approved Corn Field had been blown, carried by birds, who cares what, to Farmer B's Monsanto-Unapproved Corn Field. Let's be VERY clear here: Farmer B did not at any point purchase, steal, use, or otherwise acquire Monsanto seeds.
    Then Monsanto does testing of normally purchased corn from the fields of Farmer B, and proceeds to hunt the poor guy with an army of private investigators, thugs, and lawyers, suing his balls off if they get the chance.
    And make no mistake: They will do anything and everything to DESTROY you, regardless of how you acquired the seeds, or even if they're wrong and you never acquired the seeds at all, and will not stop until they either sue you into the ground or discover that they were mistaken... At which point they vanish without a trace. No attempt to apologize, no attempt to cover any of the massive bills they've caused a completely innocent bystander when they were clearly in the wrong, nothing. They're just fucking GONE.
    They're criminally vicious and evil and deserve to be destroyed, but are dominating the market for a dozen different staple crops and that number grows by the year.
    Think it's hard to avoid supporting China?
    Try avoiding supporting Monsanto, see how fucking far you get.

    • AnSan
      AnSan  2 weeks back

      The dangerous thing about human gene editing (patenting it i mean) like you mention at the end of the video is that pretty much only rich people could afford it, if it were patented and owned by a private corporation and not public. I'm all for making humans immune to cancer etc, but the way i see it, if it's not a government or international organization that owns the patent, these modification could well create a technocracy between billionares and the rest of us who probably wouldn't be able to afford such an operation considering how life changing it is, every company knows they can ask as much as they want since there's lives at stake.

      • Max Headrom
        Max Headrom  3 weeks back

        The problem is Monsanto charging fees from people who had their seeds contaminated by the genetically modified seeds ...

        • Atirix
          Atirix  3 weeks back

          Intellectual property doesn't make sense period.

          • Ferenc Gazdag
            Ferenc Gazdag  4 weeks back

            You can't own the genome.



            The genome owns you.




            Seriously, the first life was genes floating in water copying themselves, and soon they started creating complex proteins, and cells to ensure their survival.

            • David Justin
              David Justin  4 weeks back

              Wypipo are at it again!!!

              • Lúzia A Morta
                Lúzia A Morta  4 weeks back

                Humans aren't property.

                • Jackson
                  Jackson  4 weeks back

                  so if you geneticly modified a female human, you could techniquly remove a piece of DNA that can cause cancer and replace it with a simular piece of DNA but cant cause cancer, that would stop the spread of that DNA down the future DNA line to their children, unless they reproduce with someone with a cancer causing DNA

                  • MANSOOR AHMAD
                    MANSOOR AHMAD  1 months back

                    Now I'm genuinely scared of the future

                    • Haris Uzunovic
                      Haris Uzunovic  1 months back

                      Hands down one of your best videos

                      • joseph lemons
                        joseph lemons  1 months back

                        Stupid Fucking College Kids

                        • Museum of Drawing
                          Museum of Drawing  1 months back

                          I’m sure the Chinese or Russians already jumped crispr. Aren’t you?

                          • PongoXBongo
                            PongoXBongo  2 months back

                            I never understood the objection to golden rice. People seem to care more about protecting their stupid bananas than protecting children from blindness. Both are GMOs.

                            • : D
                              : D  2 months back

                              *COUGH* catgirls *COUGH*

                              • david nichols
                                david nichols  3 months back

                                Wanna get REALLY rich? Find the straight hair gene for Black chicks!

                                • Lauri Levälehto
                                  Lauri Levälehto  3 months back

                                  I guess it might be a good idea to create a more regulated patent system. The current system rewards the inventor with quite a long monopoly. I think in many cases it would be better to have a system where companies just need to pay royalties to the inventor. And the country (of which patent you've got) would determine the size of this royalty.

                                  • Abhishek Mashetty
                                    Abhishek Mashetty  3 months back

                                    Wat if the genetically modified human discovers/invents something, will that person have the patent of the product or the company which modified the person will have the patent right

                                    • Azaurus1
                                      Azaurus1  3 months back

                                      gene patenting should be a thing but with advances in cutting the cost of such technologies the timeline of the patent should be shorter.

                                      • 3a3a3a
                                        3a3a3a  3 months back

                                        Who wouldnt want their child to be better than the rest

                                        • Doc Brown
                                          Doc Brown  4 months back

                                          Original corn, wheat and etc were all much dif w very few grains, humans have been hybridizing and custom growing foods for eons, little dif vers of DNA modification. So called 'pure breeds' of cats and dogs are DNA modification thru extensive inbreeding, if you have a pure breed, you have an inbred. There's no such thing as a natural dog, dogs didn't evolve naturally, they were bred by humans from wolves over 1000s of yrs. The modern cow, or any common cow used by humans for the past 1000+ yrs, selectively inbred. Same w most goats and sheep.

                                          • Eidolon Specus
                                            Eidolon Specus  4 months back

                                            Capitalism ruins everything in Science.

                                            • Gawdat
                                              Gawdat  4 months back

                                              at 1:38 you misspeak, cancer is almost never "contracted" except in rare circumstances.

                                              • A T O M E N T
                                                A T O M E N T  5 months back

                                                GMH Genetically Modified Human a product of Mansanto.

                                                • Qwertyuiop Lkjhgfdsazxcvbnm

                                                  um, actually, autism is very difficult to simply edit out because it is controlled my MAGOTS (many assorted genes of tiny significance).

                                                  • Soleon
                                                    Soleon  5 months back

                                                    "Without the ability to make money off of genetic testing, it can be argued that many companies won't have the motivation to study genetic predispositions." um???? saving people from breast cancer and impacting potentially millions of life isn't enough motivation for most companies to do the research? how can companies be so... stupid

                                                    • stylesrj
                                                      stylesrj  5 months back

                                                      Stupid isn't the word.
                                                      It's greedy. No one thinks of the long-term, they only want short-term results.

                                                  • bep the shep
                                                    bep the shep  5 months back

                                                    There's another side to Monsanto seed rights. Strictly Non-GMO soybean farmers are losing lawsuits with Monsanto's extensive legal team after neighboring farms using Monsanto's Roundup-resistant seed got into the farms of non-GMO farmers. They're forced to pay for the seed or to face lawsuits that often result in the farms going out of business.

                                                    While I can't see an immediate fix to the issue at hand, we should work to seeing both sides of the problem.

                                                    • Xintian Wang
                                                      Xintian Wang  5 months back

                                                      Genetically modified human being has been created in China!

                                                      • pmcllc
                                                        pmcllc  6 months back

                                                        Bring the superhumans

                                                        • lukewarmtea137
                                                          lukewarmtea137  6 months back

                                                          7:33 it's incredible math just incredible math

                                                          • VineFynn
                                                            VineFynn  6 months back

                                                            Keep in mind that allowing GM crops to proliferate would probably fuck up the environment

                                                            • aozen
                                                              aozen  6 months back

                                                              Human genes are not an economical means for the greedy it destroys research done by any other facility basically telling someone you are not allowed to do anything even if you found a cure for something genetically you are not allowed to do anything cs yes we have that gene for ourselfs wtf!

                                                              • Megakoresh
                                                                Megakoresh  6 months back

                                                                USA in a nutshell. A lot of drama and little substance, as seems to be the case with many of these videos.

                                                                The real problem is that they took the research paid for by taxpayers, and abused the fuck out of it by charging inconceivable prices for something that is life-critical technology, which is in no way "luxury" so they could get ridiculously rich off the people that funded their research in the first place. If they were ethical with their business practices, no one would sue them in the first place. That's basically how US medical system works. I never hear of something like this happening in EU. Typically the new technology will get picked up by whoever could secure funding for it's usage. A patent implies a % of the profit payout to the original research team for some time or up to a certain sum. It's controlled by the government and ensures healthy competition without anyone being able to secure a ridiculous monopoly by being lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and sleazy enough to take advantage.

                                                                • General Phoney
                                                                  General Phoney  7 months back

                                                                  Does this mean that employers will look for ‘organic humans’ in the future

                                                                  • Vincent Gallagher
                                                                    Vincent Gallagher  8 months back

                                                                    Thanks for the info. A little “preachy” at the end but good info overall.

                                                                    • MrMetricSystem
                                                                      MrMetricSystem  8 months back

                                                                      they do not own the gnome now do something novel with the discovery like making a gene therapy for those affected that is patent-able and i think it might be considered a real cure for breast cancer but they are too busy selling tests for dna and doing mastectomies

                                                                      • GiggitySam Entz
                                                                        GiggitySam Entz  8 months back

                                                                        0:33 Left-handed DNA! :D

                                                                        • Cory Scott
                                                                          Cory Scott  9 months back

                                                                          Stoked for designer babies though

                                                                          • Sunny shah
                                                                            Sunny shah  9 months back

                                                                            You can't patent things that occur naturally,
                                                                            however, you can patent modifications to those things that you do through your own tests and methods.
                                                                            And Myriad received funding by taxpayers, and they still charged people $4,000 for the discovery of that gene.
                                                                            Like what the hell is wrong with these corporate goons

                                                                            • Zes
                                                                              Zes  9 months back

                                                                              no such thing as gene or not

                                                                              • Richard Gray
                                                                                Richard Gray  10 months back

                                                                                intellectual property right doesnt exist.

                                                                                • Daily Dose Of Airplanes
                                                                                  Daily Dose Of Airplanes  10 months back

                                                                                  Ok, so I shouldn’t patent anything so I don’t get in trobule.

                                                                                  • RedXlV
                                                                                    RedXlV  10 months back

                                                                                    It's idiotic that patenting natural genes was ever allowed. It goes against the very concept of patents. Patents are meant to cover only *inventions,* not discoveries.

                                                                                    • Rishi Gunness
                                                                                      Rishi Gunness  10 months back

                                                                                      very biased video and misleading as well. No one wants to stop people from making money for something they came up with or discovered but the problem is why do they have to charge soo much for it for something that does not cost nearly as much? if they own the patent then all revenue will go to them so they can charge a lower price and get 100% of the money and more people will be able to find out if they will get cancer or not . you should separate your facts from opinion so its easier to understand the real motive behind these videos

                                                                                      • Jaimie Rogers
                                                                                        Jaimie Rogers  10 months back

                                                                                        Imagine choosing an buying a genetically modified Gucci child

                                                                                        • Alex M
                                                                                          Alex M  10 months back

                                                                                          Gattaca movie: there a child was simply selected from combinations of sperm and eggs, allowing to tell 'it is you, only the best of you'. If edit directly, than the child is not offspring of a parent, more like adopted - which is fine for many, by the way.

                                                                                          • Nathan Jarboe
                                                                                            Nathan Jarboe  10 months back

                                                                                            There huge negatives and positives of both sides of the arguments. It is great but it is hard to make the choice!

                                                                                            • Nathan Jarboe
                                                                                              Nathan Jarboe  10 months back

                                                                                              This is such a challenging topic. I don’t want other people owning my genes! Then again, it was they who found it and developed it. They were the ones that found the cures for it. Ughh, this is such a controversial conflict that I have no answer for.

                                                                                              • André
                                                                                                André  10 months back

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