Whoa–interesting development in gene patenting

Via Daniel MacArthur:

@dgmacarthur: This is huge: U.S. Says Genes Should Not Be Eligible for Patents http://nyti.ms/aBpSAo (via @jashapiro)

The article is:  U.S. Says Genes Should Not Be Eligible for Patents and includes this:

However, the government suggested such a change would have limited impact on the biotechnology industry because man-made manipulations of DNA, like methods to create genetically modified crops or gene therapies, could still be patented. Dr. James P. Evans, a professor of genetics and medicine at the University of North Carolina, who headed a government advisory task force on gene patents, called the government’s brief “a bit of a landmark, kind of a line in the sand.”

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