Patents should be granted only for genetic tests, not for genes and DNA sequences, a working party from the linkurl:European Society of Human Genetics; (ESHG) and linkurl:EuroGentest,; a European Union-funded initiative to improve linkurl:genetic testing; in Europe, said at a press conference on Thursday (April 24) according to linkurl:Medical News Today.; The recommendations are the result of a four-year investigation and a series of workshops involving the ESHG's linkurl:Public and Professional Policy Committee; (PPPC) and the linkurl:Patenting and Licensing Committee; (PLC), in consultation with a large number of scientists, ethicists, lawyers, and technology transfer specialists. "Nowadays, identifying new genes is very obvious, and all the methods are well-established, so it should not be patentable anymore," Ségolène Aymé, a medical geneticist at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research in Paris and head of the PPPC, told The Scientist. "What is patentable is the inventive process —...

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