Harvard Research Scientist: Sharing Discoveries More Efficient, More Honorable Than Patenting Them

Posted by BernardSwiss on Nov 17, 2012 2:48 AM EDT
Techdirt; By Timothy Geigner
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Two years ago, after Jay Bradner made a remarkable breakthrough—the discovery of a molecule that, in mice, appeared to trick certain cancer cells into becoming normal cells—he did something unusual. Instead of huddling with lawyers to file for a patent on the molecule, Bradner simply gave his work away. Hoping to get the discovery into the hands of any scientist who could advance it, he published the structure of the compound (called JQ1) and mailed samples to labs around the world. The move, he says, felt like “the more efficient way to do science—and maybe the more honorable way.”

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