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Academic amici refute ACLU falsehoods in gene patenting debate

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Two academic amici — Robert Cook-Deegan, research professor and director, Center for Public Genomics at Duke University, and Christopher Holman, Ph.D., associate professor of law, University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law — filed a brief in the AMP v. USPTO appeal that rebuts many of the distorted arguments made by plaintiffs and their supporters against patent-eligibility for human genes. While disavowing any interest in the brief by either party or any other amicus, they state their purpose in filing the brief as: Our sole interest in this case is maintenance and development of a sensible patent system that accomplishes the constitutional goal of "promoting the Progress of Science and useful Arts," particularly in the area of genetic diagnostic testing, and more generally in biotechnology and life sciences. more

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