EU approves rights to genetic material

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 06 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1485
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    After 10 years of agonised debate the European Union is poised to introduce harmonised rules in all 15 member states on the application of patent protection to biotechnological inventions.

    The proposal to allow companies exclusive rights to genetic research material was approved by EU governments last week and now requires the final endorsement of the …

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