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Science  01 Dec 2006:
Vol. 314, Issue 5804, pp. 1373
DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5804.1373

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Critics say the intellectual property protection system puts lifesaving new drugs beyond the reach of poor patients and hampers development of new medicines for tropical diseases. A new working group hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) will consider overhauling that system in a series of meetings beginning next week in Geneva, Switzerland. (Read more.)