EDITORIAL

DNA patents revisited

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Science  21 Jun 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6446, pp. 1113
DOI: 10.1126/science.aay3990

Summary

A bipartisan proposal to modify restraints in patent law was debated before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee this month. Immediately following the third hearing last week, leading scientists called for a study of the relevant issues by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, prior to the draft legislation moving forward (www.patenteligibility.com). This study should be initiated soon, with a short timeline, to ensure that appropriate information and analysis can inform the legislative processes that will substantially affect how the benefits of science and innovation are delivered to society.

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