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Attempt to Patent Artificial Organism Draws a Protest

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Science  15 Jun 2007:
Vol. 316, Issue 5831, pp. 1557
DOI: 10.1126/science.316.5831.1557

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An activist group's concern about maverick genome sequencer J. Craig Venter's intention to patent an entirely synthetic free-living organism has thrown a spotlight on the emerging intellectual-property landscape in this hot new field.