Abbey Myrick wrote: Stamets' work is amazing but I can't help dislike him. He put so many patents on his work that no one else can legally use the research. He is a smart business man but to patent natural processes such as using fungi to clean up soil contaminants is just stupid. I can understand patenting a product or medical research, but something that is not your own invention but simply a discovery--one that could benefit our world immensely, does not sit well with me. But yes, his research is fascinating.
I guess I should remember that this is what I remember from being 18 years old and wanting to go to school for mycology. Perhaps the patents have expired at this point?
Fungus are weird and awesome creatures regardless!!
Carl Moore wrote:Listen to that first video al the way through.. He only patented them to prevent companies like monsanto from doing so... cost him 25 million or something... but its free for us to use and he sells the plugs for many different types very cheap... I hold no grudges for this... I'd way rather see it privately patented and allowed for use than "monsanto'ed" and sueing everyone like poor Percy Schmeizer. Beyond that, I agree.. noone should be able to patent life... period.