Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Moment For Reflection

Isn't it rather sad that a Supreme Court ruling that a human gene cannot, in fact, be patented by a corporation, and that the ruling was 9-0 to that effect, is being taken as big news or a landmark ruling or a surprise in any way, shape or form? Think about where we've gotten as a society that this becomes the sort of news that it is, that this becomes a cause for celebration as opposed to just another obvious ruling.

(Do note, though, that they did also rule that artificially-made genes can be patented, because they're, you know, artificially made. What they can't do is take a gene people get born with and go 'MINE'. Which, again... it's sad that that's actually news.)

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