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EU court adviser urges limits to bio-patent protection

Emma Barraclough, London

A senior legal adviser to Europe’s highest court says that protection for patents over a DNA sequence should be limited to situations where the genetic information is performing the functions described in the patent

In his opinion in a dispute between Monsanto and a group of Argentine soya growers, Advocate General Mengozzi advised the Court to rule that patented DNA can only be protected as a chemical substance where it performs the function for...

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