Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.

Re: Chiling patents
Posted:2/29/2000; 3:00:56 PM
Topic:scriptingNews outline for 2/27/00
Msg #:15343 (In response to 15301)
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This is not really a direct response, but I have been following the Amazon/patents controversy this week, and I found it interesting to see a feature on ABC Nightly News last night about patenting the Human Genome. URL: Apparently the Patent Office is jammed with applications for patents of genetic sequences. Once a company runs a sequence on a part of the genome, they can receive a patent, and anyone who does research on that segment must have permission, and any medical treatments they might develop will presumably have to pay a cut to the sequencing companies. If people start to wake up and realize what this means, the whole patent system may indeed be in for a major overhaul.

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