Re: Human monkey

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Mon, 14 Sep 1998 13:54:02 -0500 wrote:
> My friend told me that a scientist made a patent on genetically combining a
> monkey with a human. He made the patent so no one would do it. Does that
> mean no one can? Is it right to own a process of nature so no one can use it?
> I see it more as the ability to do electronics or something, electronics is
> open territory, if its possible and you want to play with a certain aspect you
> should be able to.

Ralph Nader (not by any stretch of the imagination a scientist) applied for a patent on human/animal "chimeras" for the purpose of "stimulating public debate". The Patent Office refused on the grounds that you can't patent something immoral.

--         Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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