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Talkscience: Patently obvious?

Scientists have long used patents to protect their inventions and allow them opportunities to commercialise their work. However, recent attempts to patent human gene sequences have raised questions over whether a sequence of DNA is an invention or a discovery and highlighted some of the challenges in assessing the patentability of biomedical developments. Proponents argue that we need biomedical patents to provide the incentive for innovation but others believe that they could stifle scientific progress. Recent controversies in cancer and stem cell research have highlighted the social and ethical, as well as the economic implications of biomedical patents.

In this TalkScience event, Dr Jackie Hunter (Chief Executive of the BBSRC) will chair a panel of expert speakers, including Professor Alan Ashworth (Chief Executive of The Institute of Cancer Research), as we investigate the role of patents in biomedical discovery and invention.

Location: Terrace Restaurant.

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£5 only.

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  • Mahbuba

    The talk and debate session was thought-provoking

    March 7, 2014

  • Vlad V.

    As you walk up the first flight of stairs from the entrance, you should see a meet up sign, just before the 2nd flight of stairs. I will wait here until 18:10, and then I will have to go into the lecture.

    March 4, 2014

  • Vlad V.

    Hello All,
    I have been designated as your host. My phone number is 07837382486. I will give meeting details closer to the time.

    March 3, 2014

  • MarinaP

    Just booked my ticket

    February 23, 2014

  • Todd

    Got my ticket too

    January 16, 2014

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