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Supreme Court blocks patenting of genomic DNA

Supreme Court blocks patenting of genomic DNA | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
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The US Supreme Court, in a nearly unanimous ruling (Scalia joined the majority, but only in part), has held that a piece of DNA that occurs naturally is not eligible for patenting.
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Nanotech patent jungle set to become denser in 2013 | Chemistry World

Is a thicket of patents strangling a nascent industry?
Artur Alves's insight:

"As we welcome in 2013, will nanotechnology continue to dominate many of the scientific headlines in the coming year, just as it has done over the past decade? The huge activity across nanotechnology in recent years, reflected in an ever-increasing number of patents, suggests that it will.

In 2012 the US patent office published some 4000 patents under its class ‘977 – nanotechnology’. This was a record, up from 3439 the previous year, 2770 in 2010 and 1449 in 2009."

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