Inventing life: Patent law and synthetic biology

McLennan, Alison & Rimmer, Matthew (2012) Inventing life: Patent law and synthetic biology. The Conversation.

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Abstract

With promises of improved medical treatments, greener energy and even artificial life, the field of synthetic biology has captured the public imagination and attracted significant government and commercial investment.

This excitement reached a crescendo on 21 May 2010, when scientists at the J Craig Venter Institute in the United States announced that they had made a “self-replicating synthetic bacterial cell”. This was the first living cell to have an entirely human-made genome, which means that all of the cell’s characteristics were controlled by a DNA sequence designed by scientists.

This achievement in biological engineering was made possible by combining molecular biotechnology, gene synthesis technology and information technology.

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ID Code: 86790
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Keywords: Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Group
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Matthew Rimmer
Deposited On: 11 Nov 2015 01:21
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 14:44

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