The UCLA Center for Society and Genetics and The ACLU of Southern California present the panel discussion
Who Owns Your Genes?
Your Civil Liberties vs. Commercial Patenting of Human Genes
306 Royce Hall
(Reception to Follow)
Did you know that about 20 percent of human genes are patented? The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has granted thousands of patents on human genes. A gene patent holder has the right to prevent anyone else from studying, testing or even looking at a gene. As a result, scientific research and genetic testing has been delayed, limited or even shut down due to concerns about gene patents.
"I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is 'Who in the world am I?' Ah, that's the great puzzle!"
- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, Ch.2
This interactive project is inspired by the properties of the Homeobox genes which essentially define body regions in all animals as well as humans. We seek to create and experiential space that relates the idea that we are all interconnected.