Open Research and Open Data received a strong boost with the announcement of the world’s strongest policy by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. One of the provisos o the Policy is that researchers funded by the Foundation would be restricted from publishing their findings in Science and Nature or other similar journals. However, it also provides that all researchers must, as of January 2015, make all results of their papers and data sets public once they are published and that such research must be made available for commercial exploitation. […]
Scientists developed recombinant DNA technology in the early seventies but may not have been aware of the immense possibilities this promised in the field of medicine, food production and technologies. Herbert Boyer genetically engineered the insulin gene in Escherichia coli and diabetes treatment changed forever. Since then recombinant DNA and biotech have made giant strides in pharmaceuticals and in agriculture with over 170 million hectares now producing higher than expected produce thanks to genetically modified plants.