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Intellectual Property Law

University of Michigan Law School

2002

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The Role Of Patents In Exploiting The Genome, Rebecca S. Eisenberg Jan 2002

The Role Of Patents In Exploiting The Genome, Rebecca S. Eisenberg

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The sequencing of the human genome is a great scientific accomplishment that opens the door to further scientific inquiry of a sort that would otherwise be impossible. In addition to being passionately interested in the patent issues this research presents, as a legal scholar I have a long-standing interest in the role of intellectual property in interactions between the public and private senators and between universities and private firms in research science, with a focus on biomedial research. However, although the Human Genome Project has provided a rich terrain for exploring these issues, I am puzzled that intellectual property issues …