Top court's gene patent ruling could affect biotech crops

06/21/2013 | Capital Press Agriculture (Salem, Ore.)

A recent Supreme Court ruling that prohibits patenting of human genes could have negative implications for agricultural biotechnology, a BIO official and other experts said. The decision could reduce patent protections for biotech crops by making the fundamental gene fair game for competitors, BIO Deputy General Counsel Hans Sauer said. The ruling also could make technology that involves promoters of unchanged genes effectively unpatentable, Sauer said.

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