joeyo voted 1 on this story.
It would be very noble to "open-source" a biotech or pharmaceutical product. This would be very much in keeping with the way scientific research is/was done. Any discoveries were basically put into the public domain, or at worst, your parent institution got the rights to it.
However, these days the trend seems to be to patent it, sell the rights to a company, and retire.
Oooh, here is a broader question, is there a copyleft that can be applied to patents???
"Give me enough variables to work with, and I can probably do away with the notion of human free will." -- demi