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Link to the topic on Reuters Fact Check: Fact Check-2013 U.S. Supreme Court judgement did not rule that people inoculated with mRNA vaccines are no longer human | Reuters

A 2013 Supreme Court ruling is being misunderstood by social media users, with some citing it as proof that those who are inoculated with an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine can be patented and are no longer human.

Users shared a post on social media that reads: “The US Supreme Court ruled that vaccinated people around the world are now “products”, or patented goods, and are no longer human under US law. By vaccinating with modified DNA or RNA, a person ceases to be a human and becomes the property of the patentee of the mRNA vaccine. Their genome is no longer human, but “trans-human”, a category that does not exist in human rights. The characteristics of the natural man and all rights that result from them are lost. This applies to the whole country.”

[USC02] 35 USC 101: Inventions patentable (house.gov) The U.S. Patent Act also “expressly prohibits patenting human organisms,” Contreras added (here). Section 33(a) of the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act states: “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no patent may issue on a claim directed to or encompassing a human organism” -Factual news report

Meanwhile, “being injected with a patented vaccine doesn’t extend the patent to the recipient any more than getting a patented heart stent or pacemaker,” Jorge Contreras, Presidential Scholar and Professor of Law Director, Program on Intellectual Property Law & Policy at the University of Utah, and author of ‘The Genome Defense’ (genomedefense.org/), a book about the Myriad Genetics case, told Reuters. -This is an example of analysis piece.

Additional links to sources about the issue: ‘Technically no longer human’ – can mRNA COVID-19 vaccines meld with your DNA? (cosmosmagazine.com) this one is factual because it actually states the full name and information of the source of the information. They are also coming from a medical professional. It also came from cosmosmagazine.com from which I have researched is a news website that only deliver facts.

Fact Check-mRNA vaccines do not turn humans into ‘hybrids’ or alter recipients’ DNA | Reuters False, because COVID-19 vaccines using mRNA technology do not turn humans into “hybrids,” or alter recipients’ DNA, or remain in the body “forever.”

This kind of fake news that states getting the Covid-vaccine will cause death, make you not human anymore, or a type of government euthanasia is definitely hoaxes. What are hoaxes?

Hoaxes, similar to disinformation, are created to persuade people that things that are unsupported by facts are true. For example, the person responsible for the celebrity-death story has created a hoax.

Though many people are just paying attention to these problems now, they are not new – and they even date back to ancient Rome. Around 31 B.C., Octavian, a Roman military official, launched a smear campaign against his political enemy, Mark Antony. This effort used, as one writer put it, “short, sharp slogans written on coins in the style of archaic Tweets.” His campaign was built around the point that Antony was a soldier gone awry: a philanderer, a womanizer and a drunk not fit to hold office. It worked. Octavian, not Antony, became the first Roman emperor, taking the name Augustus Caesar. This article came from week 4’s learning materials. Misinformation, disinformation and hoaxes: What’s the difference? (theconversation.com)

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