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Patents

The human genomes is almost free

The company (and university) lawyers will have to fire people now: only 20% of the human genome is claimed by patents, a recent report in Science finds. The authors run BLAST to map nucleotide sequences from patents to genes and their analysis is geared towards a high specificity and is restricted to human sequences. Many patents try to cover more genes, also using insights gained in model organism, so the number given is only one amongst many plausible answers.
At the end of the day, the patent holder will have to convince a court that the information of the gene sequence enabled some one else to generate profit. Do you need to know which gene is actually targeted by your novel drug when you started working on a particular disease?
[Thanks Jason]

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