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FORCE recently testified to the United States Patent and Trademark Office on the impact that exclusive gene patenting has had on access to genetic testing, interpretation of test results, research, and patient care. We would like to hear from members of our community regarding their thoughts on the USPTO granting of exclusive gene patents.

* 1. Tell us what you think the impact of exclusive gene patenting has been on the following areas. Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following areas.

  Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree
Exclusive gene patenting has negatively impacted hereditary cancer research
Exclusive gene patenting has accelerated hereditary cancer research
Exclusive gene patenting has made cancer genetic testing more accessible to patients
Exclusive gene patenting has increased the cost of genetic testing for hereditary cancer

* 2. Have you had genetic testing for BRCA?

* 3. Did insurance pay for your genetic testing?

* 4. Have you or anyone in your family had difficulty accessing or paying for BRCA testing?

* 5. Please share thoughts that you have about the impact on exclusive gene patenting on hereditary cancer research or care.

* 6. Please tell us your gender

* 7. Please tell us about yourself (select all that apply)

* 8. Do you live in the United States?

* 10. First name (optional)

* 11. Last name (optional)

* 12. Email address (optional)

* 13. May we share your comments?