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Wednesday, November 15, 2000

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find related articles. powered by google. The Guardian Unlimited The race to buy life
"The race for commercial control over the essence of life is threatening to spiral out of control with private firms, universities and charities claiming exclusive development rights over natural processes in the human body at the rate of 34,500 a month.

For the first time, research commissioned by the Guardian reveals the awesome scale of the gene rush, as investors, scientists, entrepreneurs and lawyers use powerful new technology and obscure new laws to isolate and patent the genes which make us what we are - before they even understand what the genes do."
find related articles. powered by google. BioMedNet One in two biotechnologists ignores public concerns
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"Public opinion of biotechnology has little, if any, impact on the future business plans of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology companies, admit industry representatives. Their view contrasts sharply with that of academics.

Results of confidential keypad voting yesterday at a conference in Germany covering genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and business strategies revealed that 38% of representatives of pharmaceuticals companies take no account of public opinion whatsoever when they draw up business plans.

Employees of the biotechnology industry revealed themselves to be even more immune, with 56% from large biotech companies (defined as more than 7 years old and employing more than 40 people) and 40% from smaller biotech companies unswayed in their business judgements by public concerns."

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Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.


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