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Evidence and anecdotes: an analysis of human gene patenting controversies

When it comes to gene patenting, policy makers may be responding more to high-profile media controversies than to systematic data about the issues.

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We would like to thank Lori Sheremeta, Richard Gold, Michael Sharp, C.J. Murdoch and Robyn Hyde-Lay for the invaluable research assistance; Genome Alberta, AHFMR, the Stem Cell Network and AFMNet for the funding support; and the US National Human Genome Research Institute and Department of Energy (R.C.-D.). We would also like to thank all of the participants of the Genome Alberta Banff Patenting Workshop (May 2006) for insightful comments.

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Caulfield, T., Cook-Deegan, R., Kieff, F. et al. Evidence and anecdotes: an analysis of human gene patenting controversies. Nat Biotechnol 24, 1091–1094 (2006).

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