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No to gene patents, says Euro group

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;http://www.eshg.org/ (ESHG) and linkurl:EuroGentest,;http://www.eurogentest.org/ a European Union-funded initiative to improve linkurl:genetic testing;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/14181/ in Europe, said at a press conference on Thursday (April 24) according to linkurl:Medical News Today.;http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/105

Elie Dolgin
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;http://www.eshg.org/ (ESHG) and linkurl:EuroGentest,;http://www.eurogentest.org/ a European Union-funded initiative to improve linkurl:genetic testing;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/14181/ in Europe, said at a press conference on Thursday (April 24) according to linkurl:Medical News Today.;http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/105478.php 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;http://www.eshg.org/PPPC.htm (PPPC) and the linkurl:Patenting and Licensing Committee;http://www.eshg.org/plc.htm (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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