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Petitioning The Australian Government and 12 others

Change the law to stop patents over human genetic material.

At the moment, our genetic material can be patented or “owned” by biotech companies. This means they can hold a monopoly over them and accessing testing and treatments will become increasingly costly and slow. This is obviously not helpful for diagnosis, or the very difficult treatment decisions which a person must make once aware that they carry these genetic mutations.

This needs to change.

It's our genes. It's not ‘property’. Companies should not be able to own human genetic material. They should not be able to stop researchers using what occurs in nature to help find cures and treatments for cancer and other diseases.

Methods of testing or access to material for researchers need to be made as free and as easy as possible to speed it up and make sure we get the most innovative and the best health care in the promising new age of personalised medicine.

Cancer Voices Australia, and the many people living with cancer today, are calling for an amendment to the Patents Act which would exclude the ability to patent any human genetic material.

Can you help add more voices to the campaign against gene patents by sharing the petition on twitter (link) and Facebook (link)?

Let’s say no to gene patents!

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Letter to
The Australian Government
Leader of the Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne
Minister for Health The Hon Tanya Plibersek
and 10 others
Prime Minister The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Australian Greens Senator Richard Di Natale
Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science Mrs Sophie Mirabella MP
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research The Hon Chris Bowen MP
Minister for Industry and Innovation The Hon Greg Combet AM MP
Shadow Attorney-General Senator the Hon George Brandis SC
Attorney-General The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP
Shadow Minister for Health The Hon Peter Dutton MP
Leader of the Opposition The Hon Tony Abbott MP
Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright
Please change the law to stop patents over human genetic material.

Like many Australians I am concerned to learn that companies can hold a patent over human genetic material.

Allowing companies to own genetic material means our ability to be tested for these genes will become increasingly costly and slow. This is obviously not helpful for diagnosis, or the very difficult treatment decisions which a person must make once aware that they carry these genetic mutations.

Australia has a great history of research and innovation. Gene patenting will lead to restrictive practices whereas updating the law will mean more research and treatment options in the promising new age of personalised medicine.

I don’t want bits of my body, bits with my building block instructions written on them, to be commercialized by owners of patents.

It’s time for new laws which reflect what the community wants.

They are my genes and I say no to gene patents!