Elimination of gene patents could protect biotech innovations

01/31/2010 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Patenting human genes, which is the key topic of a lawsuit to be heard in federal court in New York on Tuesday, not only breaches patent law, but also stifles medical breakthroughs, according to this Boston Globe editorial. Congress and courts could help incite market competition for new drugs and tests as well as attract new scientists and funding sources by eliminating such patents, the editorial noted.

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