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Why patents are being taken out on human biology and animal species

• Terrence Aym
A disturbing number of lifeforms—including organisms that have symbiotic relationships with the human body, and human genetic variable codes as well—are being patented. Some see this 'biotech gold rush' to patent life as highly questionable, perhaps unethical. Testbiotech, a scientific watchdog group, has taken the unprecedented step of publishing a black list of patents granted in Europe to companies that are seeking to establish monopolies on everything from single cells and processes to chimpanzees genetically engineered to have epilepsy.

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