COLD SPRING HARBOR, NY (GenomeWeb) – At an ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) panel at the Biology of Genomes meeting here yesterday afternoon, legal experts discussed the current climate surrounding gene patenting and the key court cases leading up to it.

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