I am surely not all for patents. But you gotta see my situation:
Originally Posted by Fusion_power
Immagine I tell you all the promoters and genes I am using. Then I would have done all the months of literature research useless. I could not patent it any more and Monsanto could also make Frankenbees. But they would build upon my knowledge - plus they enhance it further. Then everyone would buy their transBees and I would be broke.
Btw, you know how genetic engineers do their workflow? If Monsanto wants to make a transgenic bee, their engineer also do a google (followed by a google scholar) research first to see wat has already been done, which promoters are there. And they would certainly find this thread and have all the information they need.
So am I the evil guy for not letting the public know (but also not letting the big corperations know)? It's up to you.
As said, if I patent it (and in this harsh world I think I gotta) then everything is revealed in the patent. Everyone can replicate my work - just not sell them commercially. As I said, I am not going to sue anyone if the bees interbreed with the neighbors bees. Except if that is Monsanto and they sell my bees then.
That is true in many cases, but in this case very unlikely. The virus is specifically tagged, and there would have to be like 100 mutations at the same time (so much unlikely, if they happen the virus would probably be unable to function). I am giving you this information and the genetic engineers already know what kind of method I am using probably (there are only four or five methods that work that way).
Make GM bees, and you'll end up with varroa, viruses, and whatever else you want that'll adapt to whatever junk you dump into them.
That is certainly possible... They did it with mosquitoes. Problem is, then haters gonna hate because they cannot breed their own bees anymore. Just look how much critique the terminator seeds got.
But for gods sake, as these are unlikely to deter one following the lure of money, at least try to find a way to make your BM bees unable to lay viable drones and for the queens to be flightless.
The same is true with every natural organism. Mutations occur frequently. Horizontal gene transfer, etc. etc.
This you cannot monitor or control anymore out of your hands
No one has ever had a problem with that.
I just feel sorry for the Ireland black bees once somebody who out of curiosity supports your idea on this experiment on Ireland.
They would probably interbreed and with a 50:50 chance get the resistance genes.
C'mon, there has been forced interbreeding with russian bee strains.
There is no stable genome, constantly new genes arise from duplication etc.
Nope. That would need thousands of years to adapt.
Why don't we just use our observation
to monitor and select the most qualify queens to head the next generation.
For the bee even longer because of the narrow gene pool.
A doctor that saves a patients live - is he also playing God? Because nature wanted the guy to die.
Hope you know what you are doing trying to play god here.
Is it still ethically correct?