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Up to Date - 10/12/2011
The Ethics and Business of Gene Patenting / Has Football Become Boring?

"You or someone you love may die because of a gene patent." This dire prediction appeared in a 2007 editorial in The New York Times by Michael Crichton, coinciding with the introduction of a bill to ban the patenting of DNA.

Although Congress has not acted, the American Civil Liberties Union and Public Patent Foundation filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Patent Office and genetic testing company Myriad Diagnostics, claiming that gene patents are illegal and a violation of the Constitution. On the other side, universities and biotechnology companies argue that gene patents actually save lives by providing incentives for medical innovation.

Today UMKC Law School professor Christopher Holman, Bill Rudy, chair of law firm Lathrop & Gage's Intellectual Property department, and Glenn McGee, the John B. Francis Endowed Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics discuss the ethics, legalities -- and the big business -- of DNA patenting.

If you watch football on TV, you may have noticed that the game is a little bit longer...and that action has been interrupted more often by commercials. You're not imagining things.

Cincinnati Enquirer sports reporter and SI.com contributor Paul Daugherty asks in a recent SI.com column: "Why is the NFL overhyped, over-commercialed and downright dull?" Referring to a recent Denver Broncos - Oakland Raiders game, he writes: "It took 10 minutes to run two plays, not including the kickoff. It took 15 minutes to run five plays. It did. I timed it. Are we watching a football game or the Clio Awards?"

Today we ask Daugherty -- and you -- is football losing its momentum....and becoming dull?
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