These are the People Fighting To Keep Cannabis Out Of Monsanto's Greedy Hands
Phylos Bioscience is aiming to ensure that marijuana isn’t corrupted by other patent competitors by making the genome of the plant available to the public.
In August of 2015, federal officials, quietly and secretly, approved the first patent of a marijuana strain with an abundance THC, its main psychoactive ingredient. With marijuana legalization making advanced progress following the US election, many are expressing the precedent of last year has opened a ‘can of worms’ that could allow other massive seed companies like Monsanto to eliminate the competition with patents.
Profits in the marijuana industry are expected to get out of hand within the coming months and years ahead. Despite being legal in a handful of states, profits are expected to top $6.7 billion. With marijuana being legal in 20% of America, that number will increase while attracting corporate interest in the industry. In Portland, an independent startup is working to make marijuana’s genome publicly accessible to further lower the impact of patents and corporate greed. Not only has Phylos Bioscience launched an interactive online guide that maps the genome of marijuana, but have also mapped its genetic evolution.
By mapping the plant’s evolution, it protects specific strains of marijuana that are a current part of the public domain from being patented by massive biotech companies such as Bayer, Monsanto and Syngenta. Phyllis Bioscience, for the last two years, has collected a variety of samples from many different strains of marijuana. This has allowed the start up to sequence the DNA of the unique strains.
Phylos then created software that allows the data to be visualized. ‘Galaxy,’ there interactive guide, allows users to see the hereditary sequences of the plants by discovering connections between one specific plant and its parents and/or offspring. In larger groups, similar plants are placed together, color-coded into tribes based on their origin and region.
Galaxy hopes to retain order in the marijuana industry, which is currently making the transition to a open and public, commercial industry despite beginning underground. Sales and Marketing Manager of Phylos Bioscience, says they are hopeful in gathering all generic data available pertaining to marijuana to ensure its protection. She said: “Sample collection was a huge part of this process. One side was a collaboration with growers, dispensaries and labs to collect modern samples, and the other a process of hunting down ancient landrace stains from all over the world.”
Soon, their search will go mainstream as they launched a commercial sequencing product, which is known as “Phylos Genotype” that would allow anybody to send a sample of marijuana and have its genetics mapped. Then, the sample genes would be added to the Galaxy database where a detailed analysis of the sequenced data is made and given to the client. Thankfully, someone had the motivation to protect this organic plant from the corporate interests of big businesses in such a creative and brilliant way.
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