Patented stars

Famous people may patent their DNA

Published: Saturday 15 September 2001

Another glamourous offering for the rich and the famous is on the cards. A private company based in the us is offering famous people a chance to copyright their dna . The San Francisco-based dna Copyright Institute (dnaci) wants these people to use its services to strengthen their legal position should anyone decide to clone them against their will. The company's offer comes in the wake of announcement by scientists about cloning humans as a fertility treatment for childless couples. "Cloning is not going to require a gigantic laboratory and will be inexpensive. Therefore, anybody can opt for it. Even getting hold of a famous person's dna would not be difficult," said Andre Crump, dnaci's founder. The company's services include getting a dna test done and turning the results into a format that can be copyrighted. "Through such a system, clients can establish copyright protection guaranteeing legal recourse so that their dna pattern cannot be duplicated," said the company's officials.

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