From Greg Orelind at Narbi.com
Food Rights, Gene Rights and Monsanto
By Rady Ananda
As courts and bureaucrats continue to assert that citizens have no fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice, we find Monsanto lurking nearby. The Wisconsin judge who recently ruled that we have no right to own a cow or drink its milk resigned to join one of Monsanto’s law firms.
Former judge Patrick J. Fiedler now works for Axley Brynelson, LLP, which defended Monsanto against a patent infringement case filed by Australian firm, Genetic Technologies, Ltd. (GTL) in early 2010.
Posted in Biotechnology, CorpoGov, Courts - Justice System, Environment, Genetically Engineered Food
Tagged ACLU, Axley Brynelson, brca1, brca2, Genetic Technologies, gm alfalfa, Ltd., monsanto, Myriad Genetics, obama, patrick fiedler, Pioneer Hi-Bred, pto, public patent foundation, pubpat, USDA
Patents on genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer are invalid, ruled a New York federal court on Monday.
By The Economist
Personalized medicine has proved an elusive dream. Since the decoding of the human genome, biotechnology companies have claimed that by matching a person’s genetic make-up with specialised treatments, they can tailor drugs to maximise benefits and minimise side effects. Alas, researchers have discovered that the link between a given person’s genetic make-up and specific diseases is much more complex than they had hoped. The tantalising vision remains out of reach.