1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;
2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;
3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.
taken from an article by the amazing Douglas Adams
Here is an interesting article that talks about the recent controversy surrounding patents on the human genome and genetic testing. It seems like the feeding frenzy on gene patents of the last decade or so is starting to slow down a bit, and might head in the other direction. Seems like a good thing to me - there will always be a push to find new roles for our genes, but putting a usage/research block on anyone but a single owner seems to be missing the point of research in general.
From the New England Journal of Medicine - http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/NEJMp1004026