The perils of gene patents

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I argue here that gene patents, and patented genetic tests based on them, are a very bad idea. First, I discuss whether genes can reasonably be the subject of patents in the first place; I maintain that the answer is no. Second, I explain how gene patents interfere with scientific progress, slowing down the development of new cures and treatments for genetic diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)969-971
Number of pages3
JournalClinical pharmacology and therapeutics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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