By Turna Ray

A high-profile government advisory committee was minutes away last week from formally recommending that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius support statutory changes limiting the practice of patenting claims on genes — but at the very end of a one-and-a-half-day meeting on gene patenting, the HHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society decided to hold off on voting on the group's recommendations until the opinions of dissenting members were incorporated into the full report.

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