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NEW YORK – The patenting of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology has never been a clear-cut issue. The constant back-and-forth litigation over the past few years has caused some confusion for researchers and companies who want to license the technology for their own purposes. Some organizations have tried to solve the problem by creating patent pools, where the owners of CRISPR intellectual property could bring their IP together and license it out under one set of terms.

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