Australia Explores Whether Genes Should Be Patentable
from the patenting-human-life dept
Via Glyn Moody we found out that Australia is discussing whether or not gene patents should be allowed. As you may recall, such patents have been allowed in the US for years, but are finally about to be tested in court for the first time. Over in Australia, rather than letting the courts figure it out, it looks like politicians are haggling over the question -- which is scary enough, since that often leads to whichever lobbyists have spent the most money. Hopefully common sense prevails (I know, I know, it's not so common), and the idea that you can patent a building block of human life is simply laughed out as ridiculous.