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Monday, April 24, 2000

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Salon Lean, green gene-counting machine
"What the debate is really about is licensing strategy. It's not about patents at all. When people get upset about a patent, it's usually because they think they're going to be barred from using the information. But that only rarely happens. If you look at companies like Intel and Motorola, you'll find they have thousands of patents. But you very rarely hear anyone complain that they've been barred from doing something -- and that's because the high-tech companies generally just cross-license each other. They look at the patent system as a way of getting a financial return on their R&D. And that's exactly our approach. We license our patents broadly, not exclusively. And so far, drug companies have taken out over 30,000 licenses to our intellectual property. "
redux [03.29.00]
LinuxWorld Farming, Linux-Style
"Gone are the days when any pioneer with a bit of hardware, hard code, and hard work could run a small Linux farm and compete with the best plantations. The smart folks at biotech firm Incyte Genomics of Palo Alto, Calif., have just invented agribusiness. You remember everything you ever tried to tell your boss or colleagues about Linux's stability, price performance, and reliability? Well, Incyte has put those ideas to the test and come up grinning like a bandit.

To map the human genome, Incyte runs the world's largest commercial Linux farm, with more than 2,000 Linux processors chomping away on tens of millions of jobs per day. In its datacenter, laid out like a temple in the middle of Incyte's corporate headquarters, space costs a king's ransom -- but the company has come up with clever ways to address that problem..."

redux [03.18.00]
HMS Beagle Patenting Genes Is It Necessary and Is It Evil?
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"Last October, biologists' neck hair rose when J. Craig Venter announced his company, Celera, had filed 6,500 provisional patent applications for human genes. Henry Ford mass-produced automobiles - it seems evident we are now entering an era in which intellectual property is rolling off the assembly lines. Is this really the ultimate legacy of Watson and Crick's elegant double helix? And what does it portend for the future of biology?"

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Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.


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