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In a commentary in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Steven Salzberg says gene patenting is "a very bad idea," adding that gene patents "interfere with scientific progress, slowing down the development of new cures and treatments for genetic diseases." Genes are not invented by people, and that alone should disqualify them from being patentable, Salzberg says.

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