Finally! Human genes can not be patented.
The United States Supreme Court has ruled that companies can not patent human genes and stop others researching specific genes or developing tests.
Why on earth was the patenting of human genes permitted? How could one company be allowed to ‘own’ a human gene and dictate what tests and research could be done with that gene. Whether or not you agree with Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy because she is a carrier of one of the BCRA genes, the announcement came at a critical time to bring the cost of BCRA testing to the forefront of the press. I don’t know if this was intentional, but I think it must have made millions aware of this situation. I don’t deny any company the right to make a decent profit but some have taken this to obscene lengths. In the case of the Banks they have had their snouts in the trough so long they don’t seem to have any concept of what are fair profits and ethical practices.
Another thing that has come to my attention, and there are similar things happening in the EU with farm subsidies, is that governments are using taxpayers money to fund the production of unhealthy and cheap food while doing little or nothing to support sustainable, environmentally supportive organic farming.
We all need a fair chance to be healthy and that includes the availability of healthy food, not overly processed junk. I know that it is considered that Britons were at their healthiest during the period of rationing during and after the Second World War.
Food rationing in World War II improved the health of British people; infant mortality declined and life expectancy rose, discounting deaths caused by hostilities. This was because it ensured that everyone had access to a varied diet with enough vitamins.
Now we have overly processed food which has to have vitamins added so it can be highlighted on the packaging and to make it healthy whilst it is being stuffed with sugars and artificial sweeteners and heaven only knows what. The ‘science’ of food flavour has taken over from the science of nutrition.