Hmmm. I was going to write about patenting organisms and genes, and the contracts scientists and engineers sign when they take jobs at universities, government agencies, and for-profit companies. I see that’s not where this discussion has gone, but for most of my professional life, I didn’t own my work. That included any work I did, including novels, computer programs or popular articles unrelated to the research in my job description. The big organizations claim rights to everything, and leave it up to the individuals to sue them if they care enough.