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The Health and Human Service's Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society is expected to release six recommendations concerning gene patents, reports ScienceInsider. One of the recommendations advises that Congress exempt gene patents from infringement liability, which ScienceInsider says would "potentially allowing anyone to use any gene patent" and that has drawn the ire of some industry folks.

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