WASHINGTON - One year after Jeremy Rifkin launched a religious crusade against gene patents, the Washington-based leader of the Foundation on Economic Trends has revived the campaign with a new theme, feminism, and a new twist, genetic privacy.

Rifkin has scheduled a Tuesday press conference at the National Press Club, the same venue where he and leaders of several religious denominations announced the start of a campaign in the churches against gene patents. Congressional legislation and major ecumenical activity heralded at the event failed to manifest.