Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Tue 15th Feb 2011 09:01 UTC, submitted by sawboss
GNU, GPL, Open Source "Manu Sporny, founder and CEO of Digital Bazaar, has decided to use GitHub to store a project of a[n unusual] nature. Rather than a piece of software, he is listing his own genetic data as an open source project. He has released all his rights to the data and made around 1 million of his genetic markers public domain."
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RE: "Open source"???
by Sodapop on Tue 15th Feb 2011 16:11 UTC in reply to ""Open source"???"
Sodapop
Member since:
2005-07-06

It's not. Some company's already have patents on Animal DNA. It's even been said some Human Genetic material has been patented.

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RE[2]: "Open source"???
by Laurence on Wed 16th Feb 2011 09:34 in reply to "RE: "Open source"???"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

It's not. Some company's already have patents on Animal DNA. It's even been said some Human Genetic material has been patented.

You can't patent DNA. You can only patent the process to identify or modify DNA parts.
Often that is the only way to identify or modify and thus an indirect patent on DNA is created. However you cannot directly patent DNA.

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RE[3]: "Open source"???
by fran on Wed 16th Feb 2011 13:06 in reply to "RE[2]: "Open source"???"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

DNA patenting lies in a legally gray zone that is still to be sorted out by legislators and benchlaws.

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/03/30/is-the-dna-patent-dead/

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RE[3]: "Open source"???
by MamiyaOtaru on Wed 16th Feb 2011 13:06 in reply to "RE[2]: "Open source"???"
MamiyaOtaru Member since:
2005-11-11

in the US, you can patent isolated DNA. Or could. A federal judge has ruled against the practice, which will of course be appealed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_patent

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