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French vote on bioethics slips in ban of DNA patents

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The lower house of the French parliament, the Assemblee Nationale, has used its vote on the bioethics bill to introduce a surprise amendment banning the patentability of living beings. The amendment is specifically aimed at preventing patents on DNA sequences because of the fear among many experts in France that this could lead to monopolies on genes.

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