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Exploring the Current Debate Over Patenting Life, Part One

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Exploring the Current Debate Over Patenting Life, Part One
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Panel one of this symposium examines the intersection of patents, bioethics and economics: Can or should we patent life? The symposium addresses the ongoing legal debate that surrounds patents on potentially therapeutic biomedical technologies, including gene patents. The symposium considers how other disciplines, including bioethics and economics, might help to inform the development of novel laws addressing the unique issues arising from the debate. The symposium includes a lecture discussing the role patents have played in spurring the innovation of adult stem cell-based therapies, as well as a presentation on genetic testing and the impact patents have had on patient access to new biomedical technologies.moreless
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