A Philadelphia Medical School discovered the chain of damaged genes
complicit in breast cancer a little while ago, and set to developing a
breast cancer screening system.  Some mob called Myriad from Salt Lake City
then sent 'em a letter saying you can't do that coz we hold a twenty-year
patent on two of the involved genes.

And the WTO's brief is to spread TRIPS (trade-related intellectual property
something) around the world (at the moment you can only cop a patent in one
country at a time).

Sounds like another arrow for the anti-WTO quiver (if anyone's still having
to field queries of the "waddya got against free trade and better
conditions for third world workers, you looney left pillock" variety.


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