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Agreement near on use of human genetic information

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7067.1223a (Published 16 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1223

Lawyers from around the world are near agreement on a treaty setting minimum legal standards for the use of human genetic information. The draft treaty lays down that the human genome in its natural state should not be patentable but that inventions arising from it should be, subject to national and international protection.

The International Bar Association (IBA) has been working for nearly five years on the draft treaty at the request of the Human Genome Organisation, a worldwide cooperative of scientists working on unveiling the information …

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