February 17, 2005


The BIOS Initiative - open source biotechnology is born (Richard Jefferson, PhD, 11-Feb-2005, EurekaAlert)

In a publication today in the prestigious scientific journal, Nature, a team at CAMBIA in Canberra unveils the 'kernel' of the world's first 'explicit open source' biotechnology toolkit. These tools, and the precedent they establish, will allow the public-sector, small to medium enterprises and even large firms worldwide to explore new business models and begin a new era of transparent and cost-effective innovation in life sciences.

The technologies include TransBacter, a new method for transferring genes to plants, and GUSPlus, a new way of visualizing where these genes are and how they function. "These tools are seeding a growing movement – the BIOS Initiative – that will enable researchers, even in the poorest countries in the world, to be partners in the choice and development of the crop improvement technologies best suited to their own priorities", says Richard Jefferson, founder and CEO of CAMBIA and Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University (CSU).

Bill Joy, call your office....

Posted by Bruce Cleaver at February 17, 2005 9:20 AM

Don't you realize that if it's "Open Source", it's gotta be good! It's self-evident, just like "New and Improved"...

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 17, 2005 3:51 PM

Well, I'm sure this is just the start. What worries me is someone will genuinely improve it - just what we don't need.

Posted by: Bruce Cleaver at February 17, 2005 9:12 PM