Whole-genome patenting

Maureen A. O'Malley*, Adam Bostanci, Jane Calvert

*Corresponding author for this work

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Gene patenting is now a familiar commercial practice, but there is little awareness that several patents claim ownership of the complete genome sequence of a prokaryote or virus. When these patents are analysed and compared to those for other biological entities, it becomes clear that genome patents seek to exploit the genome as an information base and are part of a broader shift towards intangible intellectual property in genomics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)502-506
Number of pages5
JournalNature Reviews Genetics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2005


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