Genes are ‘patentable’ and ‘open source’ may become impossible…

There have been some unpleasant rumblings from the legal circles on a few important issues.

First, some seriously misinformed courts have ruled that ‘genes’ are not a product of nature and are therefore ‘patentable’.  The upshot of this spells huge obstacles to cancer and other important medical research (patents on genes make it too expensive to do life-saving medical research) – and in my never-humble-opinion, will eventually lead to a new form of slavery where you will not actually ‘own’ your own genes…

And on another, no less important front, if Oracle gets its way, ‘open source’ could become impossible in practice.

Not good.

Are we headed for food stamps?

Hopefully not!

 

Canada leads the resistance to UN plans to develop and enforce ‘nutritional’ plans for each and every person on Earth.

The unspoken question, of course, is how this could possibly be enforced.  I wonder if food stamps are on their way back…