|MadSci Network: Genetics|
Suppose someone deduces and patents a DNA sequence which is the gene for some property. Most (or all) genes merely specify amino acid sequences in a protein. But any amino acid can be specified by more than one base sequence. What legal barrier is there for someone to say,in effect, "Thanks for the sequence, I'll simply change a few bases which will not affect the final amino acid sequence and then I'll have my own gene which is not the one you patented"? and then add, "Anyway, how do you know that the sequence you have patented is the only one extant for that gene. All you have patented is just one of maybe thousands of different sequences for that gene?"
Re: Value of gene patents
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