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The Genome Name Isaiah 49:1-7

The Genome Name

When we recognize that we were born to serve, we have a choice to make.

At a Glance

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that human genes cannot be patented. They acknowledge that genes are not a human invention, but a "product of nature" (read: God). This development leads us to discuss the observation in today's text about God's naming us even before we're in utero.

Editor's Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "What Are You Looking For?," January 14, 1996, at

Companies cannot claim inventor's rights on the works of God.

So says the U.S. Supreme Court in a unanimous decision last June.

Well, that's not exactly how the nine justices put it. Rather than mention the "works of God," the court decision referred to a "product of nature," but if you believe in God as the Creator of the world, you're justified in making the substitution.

The court case concerned a Utah company's patents on certain human genes. Building on the work of the Human Genome Project, the company, Myriad Genetics, had isolated particular pieces of DNA that...

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