Gene patents in Australia: where do we stand?

The provision of a patent system that protects innovators and researchers while ensuring reasonable access to emerging technologies and medical treatments are the key objectives of the Australian government's response to three important reports concerning Australia's patent system and gene patents.

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Correspondence to David P Simmons or Mark E Wickham.

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Simmons, D., Wickham, M. Gene patents in Australia: where do we stand?. Nat Biotechnol 30, 323–324 (2012).

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