OT on DNA (or maybe not so OT) (Re: Meeting with a political person)

Simo Sorce simo.sorce at tiscalinet.it
Sun Jan 20 09:47:36 UTC 2002

On Sun, 2002-01-20 at 00:43, kim2 at bruning.demon.nl wrote:
> On Sat, 19 Jan 2002, Alexandre Dulaunoy wrote:
> I'm pretty much against people patenting genes. It makes it technically
> illegal to do things like grow certain plants or to have sex. ^^;;;;;
> Another reason it's a bad idea to patent genes is because well, it's
> source code!
> Maybe the biology world needs something like the FSF too. ^^;;

Many fields would need that ...

The only thing that make me question why at all patenting on biology is
beeing discussed at all is:

people discover things in biology do no create or invent anything (yet).

I do not patent stars or comets or asteroids when I discover one with a
telescope why should someone be permitted to patent a biological
organism part when he discover it through a microsope???

Any one planning to patent the moon?

... aside I think the joing the 2 arguments is a nono, they are too
different and motivations against patentability in biology are largely
different from that in software.

Let's keep things separate and speak only on things we really know

Simo Sorce
Una scelta di liberta': Software Libero.
A choice of freedom: Free Software.

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