Agricultural biotechnology ‘should be open source

September 18, 2012 at 5:31 am Leave a comment

An important ideas from the IT world applied to biotechnology.

Open source biotechnology, through which biotechnology inventions are made freely available for others to use and improve upon, could help developing countries overcome hurdles created by stringent intellectual property rights (IPRs), a study says.

The concept is based on open source in software development. To date, open source software’s free accessibility, low cost, openness to modification and customisation, and availability of community support have helped it solve practical problems in agriculture, education, environment and health in developing countries.

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