On a completely different subject, I am reading 'Next' by Michael Crichton. I am really enjoying it-it is a typical one of his thrillers-lots of action mixed in with lots of fascinating scientific information. The book is all about genetics, and I was having a look tonight for information on patents of specific genes-which I did not know happened. Already about 20% of the human genome has been patented. When a company owns a patent on a gene, it means no other scientists can research it. There is a shocking example of that related to a gene which indicates a likelihood of breast cancer. The article I just read is here. Scary eh?