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The Huffington Post's Harriet Washington says the only good that comes from patenting genes is the money made by the companies that patent them. The ACLU has called for an end to all gene patents, but Washington says they need to think even bigger, to expand the patent ban to the "plethora of patents on not only genes, but also bacteria, viruses, biologicals such as 'artificial blood', cell lines, tissues, pharmaceuticals, and even on medically important plants a

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