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Intellectual property rights in synthetic biology: an anti-thesis to open access to research?

Intellectual property rights in synthetic biology: an anti-thesis to open access to research?

Systems and Synthetic Biology 4(4): 241-245

Synthetic Biology is a surging area of contemporary life science based research that is rapidly evolving by virtue of its multidisciplinary composition and applications. Biology never before has seen such a gold rush and demonstrated potential for knowledge based economy. The area of synthetic biology is in a nascent and tender stage, however issues pertaining to open access to research versus the monopolistic intellectual property regime (specifically patents) have already started raising concerns in the emerging bio-based economy. The present study critically analyses the comparative benefits as well as lacunas of open access to research and patenting issues. It is noteworthy that both approaches for synthetic biology development have to co-exist in order to optimally benefit the society at large.

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DOI: 10.1007/s11693-011-9067-6

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