Synthetic Biology Project
Interestingly, the open access model appears to be establishing itself in the synthetic biology paradigm. Rai and Boyle (2007) recently discuss the MIT Registry of Standard Biological Parts-an open initiative to place parts into the public domain that makes parts not only unpatentable, but will also prevent the patenting of trivial improvements. Such open initiatives may be just as effective for managing the complexities of this synthetic biology paradigm as they appear to be for the current paradigm, particularly in the early stages of knowledge development (Rai and Boyle, 2007). Many of the issues of the genomics and systems paradigm will have even more serious consequence as firms seek patents over biological materials that may be placed into synthetic devices and as genomic information is manipulated to develop new organisms. This project will follow the development of the synthetic biology paradigm and the associated knowledge dissemination and appropriation strategies used by stakeholders.
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