To push research forward, scientists need to draw from the best data and innovations in their field. Much of the work, however, is patented, leaving many academic and nonprofit researchers hamstrung. But an Australian organization advocating an open-source approach to biology hopes to free up biological data without violating intellectual property rights.
The Biological Innovation for Open Society, or BIOS, will soon launch an open-source platform that will free up rights to patented DNA sequences and the methods needed to manipulate biological material.
It would be interesting to hear from the Biopeer community whether or not this move to open-source biology represents a significant development in biological research.
What do you think?