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'Monopoly' Concerns Over Patents for J. Craig Venter Institute's Synthetic Cell Technology (update)

9:02 AM MDT | May 25, 2010 | Alex Scott

Patents pending that relate to techniques for generating synthetic cells could provide the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI; San Diego, CA) with a “monopoly” position on a range of genetic engineering activities, says professor John Sulston, chair of the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation (iSEI) at the University of Manchester (Manchester, U.K.).   The comments by Sulston, a Nobel prize winner in the field of molecular biology, follow the announcement made in the past week by JCVI that it has become the first company to...

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