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The Genealogy of a GenePatents, HIV/AIDS, and Race$
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Myles W. Jackson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028660

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028660.001.0001

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The CCR5 Patent(s)

The CCR5 Patent(s)

(p.25) 2 The CCR5 Patent(s)
The Genealogy of a Gene

Myles W. Jackson

The MIT Press

This chapter explores how the CCR5 gene was patented by several companies both in the United States and in Europe. It discusses how one of the patent holders patented the incorrect sequence and did not know the precise function of the gene’s product. The patenting of the gene illustrates how lenient the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was in granting gene patents back in the 1990s with a view to encourage growth in the biotechnology sector. It also discusses the views of numerous biomedical researchers on the patenting of the gene by sequencing companies.

Keywords:   Human Genome Sciences, Inc, Euroscreen, gene patents, United States Patent and Trademark Office, European Patent Office

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