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Re: Chiling patents
Author: Ralph.Klapis@valpo.edu Posted: 2/29/2000; 3:00:56 PM Topic: scriptingNews outline for 2/27/00 Msg #: 15343 (In response to 15301) Prev/Next: 15342 / 15344
This is not really a direct response, but I have been following the Amazon/patents controversy this week, and I found it interesting to see a feature on ABC Nightly News last night about patenting the Human Genome. URL:http://www.abcnews.go.com/onair/CloserLook/wnt_000228_CL_Genomics_feature.html Apparently the Patent Office is jammed with applications for patents of genetic sequences. Once a company runs a sequence on a part of the genome, they can receive a patent, and anyone who does research on that segment must have permission, and any medical treatments they might develop will presumably have to pay a cut to the sequencing companies. If people start to wake up and realize what this means, the whole patent system may indeed be in for a major overhaul.
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