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14Apr/10

Gene Patenting – Innovative or Obstructionist?

Here is an interesting article that talks about the recent controversy surrounding patents on the human genome and genetic testing.  It seems like the feeding frenzy on gene patents of the last decade or so is starting to slow down a bit, and might head in the other direction.  Seems like a good thing to me - there will always be a push to find new roles for our genes, but putting a usage/research block on anyone but a single owner seems to be missing the point of research in general.

From the New England Journal of Medicine - http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/NEJMp1004026

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