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LinuxInsider: Beyond the Buzz: Open Source and Biotech

Jun 23, 2004, 21:15 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Everyone is talking about open source, even presenters at BIO 2004, the international biotechnology conference recently held in San Francisco. As the argument goes, if open-source software can be developed in centralized communities of interested parties less expensively than proprietary software, can a decentralized community of interested parties also develop less expensive drugs?

"This sounds like a nice idea, but software and biotechnology are different, and not all open-source software generates communities of interested parties that would lower costs. Before biotech can reap the benefits of open-source development, several differences between the communities should be considered..."

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