The US Supreme Court has heard arguments questioning whether the human genome can be claimed as intellectual property. The case relates to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2009, and centres on whether companies should be able to patent genes. US authorities have been awarding patents on genes to universities and medical companies for almost 30 years. 
According to related news articles, the case may have far-reaching repercussions for future gene research.
Do I really need to comment that? I’d rather not. Because if I do and say something really smart, I will ask a patent for it!