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From the Ted Talk by Tania Simoncelli: Should you be able to patent a human gene?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So istlnoaig DNA — it's like eanctrxtig gold from a mountain or taking it out of a stream bed. You might be able to paetnt the process for mining the gold, but you can't patent the gold itself. It might've taken a lot of hard work and effort to dig the gold out of the mountain; you still can't patent it, it's still gold. And the gold, once it's etacrtexd, can clearly be used for all sorts of things that it couldn't be used for when it was in the mountain; you can make jewelry out of it for example — still can't patent the gold, it's still gold.

Open Cloze

So _________ DNA — it's like __________ gold from a mountain or taking it out of a stream bed. You might be able to ______ the process for mining the gold, but you can't patent the gold itself. It might've taken a lot of hard work and effort to dig the gold out of the mountain; you still can't patent it, it's still gold. And the gold, once it's _________, can clearly be used for all sorts of things that it couldn't be used for when it was in the mountain; you can make jewelry out of it for example — still can't patent the gold, it's still gold.

Solution

  1. patent
  2. extracting
  3. isolating
  4. extracted

Original Text

So isolating DNA — it's like extracting gold from a mountain or taking it out of a stream bed. You might be able to patent the process for mining the gold, but you can't patent the gold itself. It might've taken a lot of hard work and effort to dig the gold out of the mountain; you still can't patent it, it's still gold. And the gold, once it's extracted, can clearly be used for all sorts of things that it couldn't be used for when it was in the mountain; you can make jewelry out of it for example — still can't patent the gold, it's still gold.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

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isolated dna 4
gene patents 3
harming patients 3
human genes 3
ovarian cancer 3
breast cancer 3
patent holder 2
human genome 2
long qt 2
long line 2
patent eligible 2
brca testing 2
united states 2
test result 2
individual women 2
brca genes 2
isolating dna 2
federal circuit 2

Important Words

  1. bed
  2. dig
  3. dna
  4. effort
  5. extracted
  6. extracting
  7. gold
  8. hard
  9. isolating
  10. jewelry
  11. lot
  12. mining
  13. mountain
  14. patent
  15. process
  16. sorts
  17. stream
  18. work