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Faculty Scholarship

2017

Medical Jurisprudence

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Revising Racial Patents In An Era Of Precision Medicine, Jonathan Kahn Jan 2017

Revising Racial Patents In An Era Of Precision Medicine, Jonathan Kahn

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In 2006, I published an article examining the rising use of racial categories in biomedical patents in the aftermath of the successful completion of the Human Genome Project and the production of the first draft of a complete human genome. Ten years on, it now seems time to revisit the issue and consider it in light of the current era of “Precision Medicine” so prominently promoted by President Obama in his 2015 State of the Union address where he announced a $215 million proposal for the Precision Medicine Initiative as “a bold new research effort to revolutionize how we improve …