Michael Crichton (the author) has a most interesting op-ed piece in the New York Times today about the folly of gene patents.
Patents are supposed to cover inventions. Genes are most certainly not inventions. They are ‘features of the natural world’, as Crichton puts it. Patenting genes is as idiotic as patenting rocks, or sunsets. There’s a big difference between discoveries and inventions. It’s high time the USPTO starts to learn that difference.