Nobel laureate John Sulston, PhD, has said that efforts by Craig Venter, PhD, to apply for patents on his synthetic Mycoplasma mycoides would be "extremely damaging." Sulston helped sequence the human genome and, in 2002, shared the Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine. In a BBC story, Sulston says:
"I hope very much these patents won't be accepted because they would bring genetic engineering under the control of the J Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). They would have a monopoly on a whole range of techniques."