22 February 2011

Submissions to Senate Inquiry on 'Gene Patent' Amendments Due Friday!

This is just a reminder, to those with substantive interests in the patenting of genetic and other biological materials, that submissions to the Australian Senate Inquiry established to report on the Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) Bill 2010 are due this Friday, 25 February 2011.

As we reported back on 25 November 2010, this Bill proposing to outlaw the patenting of human genes and other naturally-occurring biological materials, was introduced into the Australian federal parliament as a Private Senator's Bill, co-sponsored by Senators Coonan, Heffernan, Siewert and Xenophon.

Further details of the inquiry can be found in our report of 23 December 2010.

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