[Marxism] About 20% of our genes patented

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Thu Mar 1 00:17:45 MST 2012

Here’s a disconcerting thought: for the past thirty years, genes have been
patentable. And we’re not just talking genetically modified corn – your
genes, pretty much as they exist in your body, can and have been patented.
The US government reports over three million gene patent applications have
been filed so far; over 40,000 patents are held on sections of the human
genome, covering roughly 20% of our genes.


“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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