Patent on 16S rDNA sequence?

Peter Kuhnert kuhnert at vbi.unibe.ch
Wed Nov 19 07:41:24 EST 1997


Now and then one hears rumors that a company is going to get a patent
on the complete 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequence of any bacterium. I
simply cant imagine how they could obtain a patent for a sequence that
could obviously been used for diagnostic and a lot of other
applications. Moreover, since this gene sequences are already known for
quite some time. Does anybody know more of it?

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