Made to Order?
watch the film with the link below
Then respond to this question:
The Jackson Lab makes its income from engineering and cloning mammals – thousands of them. You can browse their selection of genetically engineered beings — including genetically engineered mice – at: http://www.jax.org/
My favorites among their animals include the humanized mice and, especially, the Green Fluoride Peptide mouse that has had a section of jellyfish DNA spliced into its own DNA to make its blood grow green in the presence of a certain kind of light. Only $1700/mouse, cryo-preserved, and shipped right to your door (can anyone say Amazon Prime?).
The landmark Supreme Court case, Diamond v. Chakrabarty, ruled in 1980 that genetically modified organisms can be patented. Therefore, The Jackson Lab ‘owns’ the beings it creates. The same is true of a company like Monsanto that develops GMO plant strains for human consumption. Before 1980 the Supreme Court had held consistently that one could not patent a living being.
Do you think the Supreme Court made the right decision? Why or why not?
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