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AUTM praises commission's report on the bioethical issues of synthetic biology

from Newswise

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released its first report, New Directions: The Ethics of Synthetic Biology and Emerging Technologies. In September, the commission invited AUTM President Ashley J. Stevens, DPhil. (Oxon), CLP, to give testimony to the commission on the intellectual property aspects of synthetic biology. Stevens' testimony focused on the parallels between the current debate on synthetic biology and the debate on genetic engineering some 35 years ago. Stevens made two main points: First, he pointed out that the patent system is constantly in flux in terms of what is and isn't patentable. Second he pointed out that from its outset, the biotechnology industry had been characterized by patent-protected, broad platform technologies, some of which had been owned and controlled by academic institutions, while others had been owned and controlled by private companies. more


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