Monday, March 19, 2007

Microsoft Goes Bio (tech that is)

Science Magazine has a short article on a $570,000 award that the Microsoft is granting to 6 teams of academic scientists and researchers in the field of synthetic biology (interesting how that phrase is becoming more and more used in place of biotechnology).

And speaking of software and its relationship to biotech, a recent article in the Public Library of Science titled "Synthetic Biology: Caught Between Property Rights, the Public Domain and the Commons" has a section on the problems of copyright and patent law created by the software industry and how they potentially effect the understanding of intellectual property in bio-engineering practices. Basically, the authors are fearful that the same overly broad patents that have become common to software will be the standard in bio-engineering as well.

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posted by ryan griffis  # 3:09 PM

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