04 11 10 - 05:57So we hear today's weep-weep story about a dying kid:
11 year old Shannon Tavarez who received an umbilical-cord transplant in late August to combat her acute myeloid leukemia has passed away. The soprano from Queens recently played Young Nala in The Lion King on Broadway. - BBW
How sad. But then we get to the real point of the article:
And, to further Shannon's mission and Shannon's family's devotion to recruiting donors, click here to find out about GetSwabbed.org.
If you live in sheep-mind, you assume the two are connected only by cheerful coincidence.
Then, notice this:
But in the friend-of-the-court brief filed in a case involving a new cancer drug derived from gene research, the Obama Justice Department changed the official US stance.
It told the court: âThe chemical structure of native human genes is a product of nature, and it is no less a product of nature when that structure is âisolatedâ from its natural environment than are cotton fibers that have been separated from cotton seeds or coal that has been extracted from the earth.â
This argument implies that the genetic code of existing material life, which consists of complex ideas in organizing atoms and molecules, is simply a given â available to all. (Greatly altering a natural gene, however, might still be considered patentable.)
Yet developing countries such as Brazil and India want some sort of reward for the commercial use of genes found in their biodiverse landscapes. - CSM
The art of politics is appearing to be generous while screwing others royally.
We can't patent your genes translates into "we owe you nothing for them."
Those genes then go into a lab, and a treatment or modification is developed which can be patented...
Someone else profits off of what evolution has gifted you with.
Make sure you go to GetSwabbed.org, where they tell you:
You are also giving DKMSâ¢ the permission to collect, retain, and use your personal identifying information and your contact information.
You are further giving DKMSâ¢ permission to collect cheek cells from the inside your mouth using a cotton-tipped swab to determine your tissue type, to store your cheek swab sample for as long as you remain registered, and to conduct further testing of your sample to determine if you match a searching patient.
Your tissue type and stored cheek swab sample will be identified by a code and will be stored separately from the personal identifying information that you provide when registering to be a potential donor. - DKMSA
You'll notice what's missing: no declaration of who owns the sample, and no promise that it will not be investigated for other medical uses. If I were a wealthy corporation, I'd make a huge donation -- in exchange for access to the data banks. If you find someone who is immune to cancer in there, you get a free killer product and owe no one a thing. That person will also never know.
And this young Broadway star? Sad, although most entertainers are hollow shells without souls. Her real problem was that finding tissue donors who match multiracial patients is difficult since you need someone of the appropriate ethnic cocktail that you are. Tavarez, as a multi-racial candidate, was unlikely to find a match.