By Matt Jones

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A government committee at the US Department Health and Human Services today voted to advise HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to limit the ability of holders of gene patents to keep others from using those genes for diagnostic and research purposes.

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