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Monday, April 10, 2000

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BBC News Gemini to patent disease data from Human Genome Project
"Gemini Genomics, the private biotechnology company, is expected to announce on Tuesday a multimillion dollar collaboration to trawl the Human Genome Project for disease-related data which it can patent."

"Gemini and Sequenom will focus their efforts on chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes and obesity. They plan to file broad patent claims covering the use of gene products in the diagnosis of disease, diagnostic tests and pharmacogenomics - the use of genetic information to match patients with the drugs most likely to be effective or to avoid potentially dangerous drug reactions."
Yahoo! News Gene Expert Says Industry Tries to 'Patent Rainbow'
"Scientists mapping the genetic blueprint of the human body believe that while patents on genes are necessary, they should not be used by industry hoping to profiteer by claiming ownership of basic science."

"Companies are trying to ``patent the rainbow'' by filing applications to patent gene sequences without a clear idea of their function or use, scientists said on Monday at a Human Genome Organization (HUGO) conference."

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