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Biological Patent Amendment: Good Intentions, Unnecessary Risk

Genetic research

Bringing a new medicine to market takes years or decades and many hundreds of millions of dollars. Credit: iStockphoto

By Julian Clark

Dangerous uncharted waters lie ahead if our politicians vote to support the proposed amendment of Australia’s Patents Act to ban patents on biological materials and genes.

Julian Clark is Head of Business Development at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

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