February 4, 2009
I smell a pig
Its the trait hog. The imperialistic grab of life qualities. Slap a patent on traits...like wartiness/bumpiness or good oilyness, porkiness, or the simple fact that it has a trait that you can follow (marked) without any biotechnology. Its like putting a patent on nerdiness or freckles and charging those of us so endowed royalties for the priledge. I assume these are species wide claims.
"patent claims have been made for soy beans with a better oil quality 3 covering large parts of the plant genome when used in conventional breeding and technologies to improve conventional breeding (such as marker assisted breeding). Some of the most threatening examples in this context are patent applications from Syngenta which claim huge parts of the rice genome 4" see