WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 - At a consumer-oriented panel discussion about the merits of gene-related patents, two salient points managed to bubble to the surface: Academic types and corporate folks may agree that patents are the linchpins of innovation, but they disagree over what R&D stage a patent should be awarded.

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