The Hive Recap: Endless Forms Most Beautiful

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“Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”
Charles Darwin

An Entire Book Written in DNA
from Susan Young for the MIT Technology Review
“Researchers at Harvard encode information in DNA at a density on par with any other experimental storage method.”

Who’s Your Mommy?  Surrogate Birth Mothers;
How Mammal Cloning Worked with Dolly the Sheep
from the Roslyn Instutute

US Milestone in medical human cloning
from BBC News – Health

Who Owns What:
The DNA Patent Database (USA)
“…contains a collection of DNA-based patents and patent applications issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and makes the full-text of such patents and applications available to users at no cost.”

Genetics & Patenting
from the Human Genome Project (INTL/US Department of Energy)

Are Human Genes Patentable?
Editorial Board, The New York Times

Gene Patents are a Hindrance to Innovation
Scientists researching diseases such as cancer are impeded by having to pay companies who own specific gene patents
from Adam Rutherford for The Guardian


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  • guessWho

    that was a HOLY WATERSHED episode. My jaw landed on a floor back and forth.
    How can I possibly survive till 2014?!

  • CloneD

    Helena better be in a coma or I’ll say goodbye to the show, sadly. I really hated that scene where Sarah shot her, although it was perfectly made and acted. And Tatiana better get like 10 awards for this role/s!!

    • Recton Kracke

      ^^ Love Helena. Hated that scene too. “I already have a family!” yeah you do Sarah, but for better or worse Helena’s in it. Kira understands this in a way her moms can’t.
      -I’m with you; hoping to see Helena again in season 2

      • CloneD

        100% agree with you!

        • Recton Kracke

          Good to see some Helena love CloneD! Viewers are emotionally attached to her character at this point. She hasn’t even interacted with any clone but Sarah.(Blasting a hole through Katja’s head aside.) It would be fun to see how she; Reacts to Alison & Cosima, (& vice versa). Then watch her kick the crap out of Paul, (& or Vic), and get her revenge against Tomas!! Finally I don’t think Rachel Duncan is at all ready for “London calling” courtesy of Helena.

      • Marie Schlingoff

        I bet you’ll see Helena again I’m guessing she has Kira and is protecting her

    • Mike

      As much as I liked Helena and know she’s not coming back (Writers have said that). She wasn’t the only element that made up this show. She was in 6/10 episodes i believe and the other characters are just as interesting. The plot will stand strong as well. I hope you’ll continue to watch and not stop over one character.

  • Kortney Parkey

    Can we have a tiny bit of info released on Mrs. S’s involvement in Project Lena?

  • Megan

    I’m just praying that Helena isn’t actually dead.

  • disqus_bvsdkbQhyG

    Since patents expire would Sarah and Kira be free eventually.

  • Allen

    The patent is illegal. Those contracts were illegal. Slavery or human bondage is outlawed in all western nations. That being said, Helena looked to me like she was ‘playing possum’. The fans are too emotionally invested in her now for the writers to just cancel her out with a bullet.

  • Mrd

    All you have to do is add uploading stir (not shake) and you can play musical chairs with bodies.

  • RealityEngineer

    re: “Their DNA bears a patent: they are owned.”

    Of course as someone else pointed out, that is complete nonsense, slavery was outlawed long ago in this country. This is a great show and most of its fact glitches I can just “suspend disbelief” and tune out, but this is something that most adults who graduated high school in modern countries should be aware of. It doesn’t matter if a gene is patented, humans can’ be owned. Yes there are some paranoid clueless people who know little about the law, blindly fear corporations since they know little about how world really works, or are scared oft technology that might spread nonsense like that, but it is absurd to think a character who is supposedly educated enough to be in grad school would take the idea seriously. The show needs to consult pretty much any legal expert, or most high school graduates, and avoid jumping the shark. I fear the way the episode ended that nonsense might become a major plot point, and the great lead actress and a promising show deserve better than that.

  • fan

    What a great TV series. I am hooked. Since it is only show on BBC America, many people in US do not know about this TV series. The name does not help either,
    just like some great movies with terrible names (The Constant Gardener for one). I think the producer should find a way to let more people know about this wonderful TV series. The only complain I have is that it takes too long for the seriesII to come out.

  • Marie Schlingoff

    I bet Helena isn’t dead and she is caring for Kira