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HHS Requests Public Comment on Draft Report on Gene Patents and Licensing Practices and Their Impact on Patient Access to Genetic Tests

March 10, 2009
From the Draft Report, located at the website of Office of Science Policy at the National Instutute of Health:

The Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society (SACGHS) was first chartered in 2002 by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a public forum for deliberation on the broad range of policy issues raised by the development and use of genetic tests and, as warranted, to provide advice on these issues. Its mandate includes the following areas of study:

  • Integration of genetic and genomic technologies into health care and public health

  • Clinical, public health, ethical, economic, legal, and societal implications of genetic and genomic technologies and applications

  • Opportunities and gaps in research and data collection and analysis efforts

  • Impact of current patent policy and licensing practices on access to genetic and genomic technologies

  • Uses of genetic information in education, employment, insurance, and law

Public comments are due May 15, 2009.