Obviously, there are some aspects of the project that I would do differently if I would have to design it with the knowledge I have now. The legislation that protected genetic information was quite liberal at the time, especially because it was derived from a deceased source. This was also one of the key characteristics that I wanted because it’s less protected; you can’t obtain consent from this person and, therefore, you are able to extract genetic information.
It’s worth specifying that you can’t own pure genetic information, you have to tweak it somehow. For this procedure, for instance, it would be that you are translating into something else, another usage, and also synthesize it, and therefore, it is allowed for a patent. But if you were just to take pure DNA, you can’t really patent it. Well, it depends on the state, but this is at least in the United Kingdom. I know that in Canada, it’s pretty liberal, so you can basically patent everything!