‘Linux for Lettuce’: Open Source Biotechnology and Agricultural Innovation

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Abstract

Genetic Modification (‘GM’) crop technology is increasingly perceived as an
important solution for overcoming the agricultural strains caused by climate
change. This is reflected in the exponential growth in the patenting of so-called
climate ready genes. This patenting, undertaken by a small group of life science
companies, will make it difficult for researchers to obtain access to proprietary
DNA and to research tools such as genetic markers, mutants, binding factors,
transcription factors, etc. This article questions whether the Open Source
approach, derived from the open source software movement, can be taken to
secure access to proprietary DNA and seeds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-150
JournalThe University of Western Australia Law Review
Volume41
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

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