Patenting genes: is it necessary and is it evil?

  title={Patenting genes: is it necessary and is it evil?},
  author={Richard D. F. Harris},
  journal={Current Biology},
Last October, biologists’ neck-hair rose when J. Craig Venter announced his company, Celera, had filed 6,500 provisional patent applications for human genes. Henry Ford mass-produced automobiles — it seems evident we are now entering an era in which intellectual property is rolling off the assembly lines. Is this really the ultimate legacy of Watson and Crick’s elegant double helix? And what does it portend for the future of biology? On April 22, 1996, Europe’s patent office received an… CONTINUE READING