Open Access 1, Celera Genomics 0

In an article in Nature (Marris E, “Free genome databases finally defeat Celera”, Nature 435, 6 available only under subscription), it is reported that Celera is finally giving up some of its proprietary database practices, and will make available all of its genetic data through the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information databases. This is an incredible result for the open access movment, and for all of those who are offering genetic data online free of charge. Celera has been deemed as one of the “bad guys” in IP, with their doubtful behaviour in the race for the human genome, and their filing of excessive number of biotechnology-related patents. It would be fair to assume that the free and open access databases have had and effect on this part of Celera’s businness, and has prompted them to clean up their act and finally offer some data online for free. Celera going open access? What is the world coming to?

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