Author: Heather Murphy
Publication: The New York Times
Date Published: 17 September 2018
The article I chose talks about the use of sea creatures for patents. There is always the question of how exactly one company can patent an entire species of animal, but instead the patent the novel use of a given organism. This is a new question of legality that has aroused as science has progressed. There are some countries who don’t allow a patent on something that occurs in nature, but there is still a lot of uncertainty in this system. The use of sea creatures to ultimately make leaps forward for the human race is something that I would want to know in the future. On the scale, drawn on the whiteboard this is a topic that I would definitely want to know because of the incredible way that it can change our world for the better. In the article it mentions a case where a sea slug contributed to a lymphoma treatment. There are so many opportunities for sea creatures to help treat modern diseases, that the uses for these animals are truly tremendous. That is why it is so important that no single entity can own anything in the sea, but it is allowed to own the rights to a specific use of a sea creature.
As technology advances, the practical application of creatures beneath the sea innumerable. There are still species yet to be discovered, and more ways to protect human life using possibly these same species. As for genetic modification, sea animals have begun to play a larger part in this industry as well. Especially when it comes to Omega 3 oils. Typically these oils are derived only from fish that often face overfishing, which makes these oils extremely expensive. The solution for this problem comes by modifying the genetic code in a canola plant to grow Omega 3 fatty acids. People against GMO are faced with a difficult decision to make when it comes to using the GMO product, or further stressing the overfished species. The use of these new technologies such as the GMO production of Omega 3 Fatty Acid, and more will lead to much more difficult conversations about what is legal, ethical, sanitary, and even safe as new advances in science are implemented into our daily lives.