In the OP (original):
In September, a privately held and highly secretive U.S. biotech company named Joule Unlimited received a patent for “a proprietary organism”
And I may ask, did you know about Google in 1998 or 1999? (nothing political on this mods, just posing a question) What about the NDAA until Obama actually mentioned it in the signing? (which then got substantial 'main stream' media coverage) - It was known in non-mainstream circles well before it was 'signed'.
*** For the sake of purity and clarity - I don't want to discuss the NDAA or Obama or anything related to it except for strictly using it as a point of reference about how quickly it came to mainstream media. ***