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Diagnostic testing fails the test

The pitfalls of patents are illustrated by the case of haemochromatosis.

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Supported in part by the US NIH. The opinions expressed are those solely of the authors. We thank interview respondents; Elizabeth Miller for research assistance; and Michelle Henry and Meredith Weaver for comments. Preliminary results of this survey were presented in testimony to the US Congress in June 2000, and at the 10th Anniversary of ELSI Research Conference, Bethesda, Maryland, 17–19 Jan 2001.

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Merz, J., Kriss, A., Leonard, D. et al. Diagnostic testing fails the test. Nature 415, 577–579 (2002).

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