A researcher who goes to the bottom of the ocean or the edge of a vol­cano to find organ­isms that can with­stand extreme tem­per­a­tures and con­di­tions, if that researcher then tries to simply patent the genome, that’s prob­ably not going to be patentable after today,” said Michael Bennet, a pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity School of Law.

 

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