Sunday, December 09, 2007

The First Billion- or Trillion-Dollar Organism?


According to a recent ETC Group press release, Synthetic Genomics founder Craig Venter is applying for some very broad and sweeping patents on a speculated first human-engineered species. The report cites a statement made by Venter to Newsweek: “If we made an organism that produced fuel, that could be the first billion- or trillion-dollar organism. We would definitely patent that whole process.”
The ETC Group report is available as a PDF and we also recommend looking over their explanations of the synthetic biology industry in comic form (the image above is from the "Syndustry" comic).

posted by ryan griffis  # 8:51 AM

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