Why Does the United States Government Have a Patent on Ebola?

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I am not sure that Chris Brown has the most plausible conspiracy theory about the Ebola virus but it is certainly peculiar given the fact that the U.S. government holds a patent on the virus. You can see it here:

http://www.google.com/patents/US20120251502

What do you think is the most plausible explanation (i.e., conspiracy theory)? Comment below…

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Jake Shannon

Jake Shannon (1973 - ) was born in Colorado and has worked in a hodgepodge of professions including "Quant" (i.e., financial mathematician), serial entrepreneur, Discordian Pope, radio talk show host, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Utah, Luchador (i.e., mexican wrestler), and Comedy Hypnotist before settling upon pursuing an unwitting vow of poverty as an independent writer, practical magician (Chaos Magick) and more importantly, as a stay-at-home dad (his greatest accomplishment by far). He currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah (which still surprises him) with his lovely wife, three bright children and three loyal dogs.

  • Charles Bradley Quillen

    I think I’ll try to get a patent on the raccoon if Uncle Sam hasn’t already beat me to it.

  • ActualScientist

    *Sigh* … the U.S. government holds a patent on the virus because it sequenced the DNA from a particular strain back in 2010. That is how biological patents work. It’s certainly not evidence that they “invented” the disease, since it has been known since the 1960’s. Furthermore, if they hold the patent, then a private company could not later restrict or charge for access to that information. Read on snopes if you care:http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/ebolapatent.asp

  • *Sigh* … Another dope who thinks Snopes is an authority.

  • Samuel R. Major

    There was a similar battle earlier this year about the BRACA gene I believe. If I recall correctly the company wasn’t granted the patent because it was a natural product, or something to that effect. Wouldn’t these two cases go hand-in-hand? Also, anyone else find it ironic that there’s a U.S Patent on a previously perpetuating virus in Africa?

  • Steve Vogel

    If you go back and study the Declaration of Independence you will find that you can not patent nature. Just because someone says so does not make it true.