A seminar on the importance of intellectual property rights in bioinformatics was held here on Thursday. It was jointly organised by the JSS College of Arts, Commerce and Science and the Association of Microbiologists of India, Mysore Chapter.

Stakeholders called for the promotion of innovations in the field aided by intellectual property laws. In his keynote address, K.K. Narayanan, managing director of Metahelix Life Sciences Ltd., Bangalore, delved into the different perspectives one can take in looking at a genome and how technology and the law can foster the same.

He said the trend had shifted from a reductionist approach to biology to looking at the genome as a whole.