Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Get Thee To a Biotech Firm! New York Lawyer is reporting that Biotech patent work has boomed to the point that there aren't enough attorneys to handle it. Biotech lawyers say the demand for their legal specialty has grown tremendously over the last five years -- a period during which science has recorded several watershed discoveries, including the sequencing of the human genetic code, cloning, gene-based therapies and genetically engineered crops. Now drug companies are suing each other over patent rights. Farmers are suing the makers of bio-engineered corn. Patients are suing doctors over genetic testing. Privacy rights are being raised in child-custody battles involving DNA. And the government is under pressure to approve genetically altered foods and gene-based drugs.

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