or, lets put it another way...
who cloned the first living animal?
if you mean the first mammal cloned: British scientists?
if an AIDs vaccine is found, where will that most likely be?
NOT in the US. Big Pharma makes loads of money treating AIDS. A vaccine would destroy that lucrative market.
Where was the Human Genome Project?
In the US. And while the HGP (funded by taxpayer money) did not patent the resulting data, other people (Celera) did. After a short bubble, progress in the field of Biotechnology is now at a standstill due blanket patenting. (well, if you listen to the other side, it is at a standstill because patent profits are in danger)
Apropos "patenting genes": ACLU: Breast Cancer gene patents ruled invalid
covered on 60 minutes
One thing not mentioned in the CBS coverage is the fact that Myriad's monopoly on BRCA testing also blocks any independent verification of their results. Given that their testing method is based on genetic data from (a few?) white caucasian females, how can they be sure the results also apply to women from other gentic origins? What if -after the patents have expired- new research shows that the results were wrong? Will the women whose breasts and ovaries were needlessly removed get their missing organs back?
Where every newest generation phone designed (even the ones we don't have access to)?
The iPhone is a nice product, but there is ZERO new technology in it (Apple's patent portfolio notwithstanding).
Where was every major operating system in use on the planet designed?
OS have been relegated to commodity by now.
(and, contrary to Microsoft Advertising, there has been actually very litte technological advance in that field.)
(even Linus came here to make Linux go from pet project to something real)
SCO called. They want their #1 FUD meme back.
Where was almost every major computer hardware component originally designed and conceived (NICs, math processors, video processors, storage tech, etc etc).
"originally designed and conceived": ages ago. Today most of that stuff is imported.
Again...who is it you think is leading us?
if by "us" you mean "the USA":
- automobile: Japan & Europe (GM could not afford to lose the european R&D labs)
- consumer electronics: Japan,Korea
- commodity hardware: Taiwan,Korea
- space technology: Russia,China,India,....
- nuclear power: Europe,Japan
The US might have the lead on atomic bombs, stealth fighters and Aircraft carriers, but -given the geopolitical situation- all of these are white elephants.