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Patents versus patenting: implications of intellectual property protection for biological research

A new survey shows scientists consider the proliferation of intellectual property protection to have a strongly negative effect on research.

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This research was supported by the Giannini Foundation. We thank Mary Louise Trammell, Office of Technology Transfer, the University of Arizona, and Peggy Lemaux, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley, for their contributions to this research, and Sara Boettiger, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley, for valuable comments and advice.

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Lei, Z., Juneja, R. & Wright, B. Patents versus patenting: implications of intellectual property protection for biological research. Nat Biotechnol 27, 36–40 (2009).

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