Should You Be Able to Patent an Organism?

Can you own or patent synthetic organisms? How will researchers access the genetic materials needed to do research? Will big companies be able to dictate who can participate in research? How we answer these questions and others will shape the future of the field—and determine whether synthetic biology lives up to its touted potential or just benefits those at the top.

Senão me engano já existem patentes sobre organismos geneticamente modificados, nomeadamente nas sementes.