Patenting genetic material in aquaculture: A red herring or an emerging issue to tackle?

            
Summary

         
              
Patents can have both a positive and negative effect on innovation in aquaculture. On the one hand, they may encourage investment in aquatic biotechnology. On the other, they may tie up genetic resources and research tools that may have otherwise been freely used by breeders or researchers to develop new breeds. This article considers the role and use of patent law for protecting new strains in aquaculture from unauthorised replication.
               
           

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Article made possible through the contribution of Fran Humphries and Griffith University

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