Lock Up the Genome, Lock Down Research?

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Science  04 Oct 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6154, pp. 72-73
DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6154.72

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The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that raw human DNA is not patentable has rekindled debate over just how the U.S. patent system—and gene patenting in particular—affects the conduct of science. Critics say the system can work against innovators: Instead of promoting the sharing of ideas, they say, it is often used to dam up knowledge.