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Will a Smaller Genome Complicate the Patent Chase?

Science  16 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5507, pp. 1194
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5507.1194

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Now that researchers have had a chance to survey the entire human genome, they believe that, contrary to previous predictions of 100,000 or more, it contains just 35,000 to 45,000 genes. That means a sizable percentage of the total could already be covered by gene patents. But the shrinking gene count could be a mixed blessing for companies and others, from universities to governments, that have rushed to lay claim to gene uses.