"The World Council of Churches is opposed to the buying and selling of human body parts. This includes the patenting of human genes. The dignity of the human person is irreconcilable with any commodification of human life. Human life is commodified when its value is weighed against another value. This is what happens when human life is patented. Such patenting gives power over human life to specific human beings that cannot be justified. Life ultimately belongs to God. The patenting of human life is in opposition to this conviction."
(From "Genetic, Agriculture and Human Life," document from the Justice, Peace and Creation Team, approved by WCC Executive Committee Porto Alegre, Brazil, General Assembly Feb. 2006)