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Amicus Brief Unfriendly to Gene Patents

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Science  05 Nov 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6005, pp. 746-747
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6005.746-b

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The U.S. Justice Department waded into a battle last week over whether genes can be patented, surprising many with a sweeping new proposal. It argued in an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals that "genomic DNA that has merely been isolated from the body without further alteration or manipulation" should not be eligible for patenting. DNA of this type should be treated as a "product of nature," not an invention, the brief says.