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Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the European Patent Office (EPO) in Germany on Tuesday as officials reviewed a groundbreaking case involving a patent awarded to a British firm for a technique to boost levels of a substance in broccoli that could help prevent cancer. The method involves identifying the relevant genes on the broccoli genome and mapping them to genetic markers, then selecting the broccoli lines with these markers for use in plant breeding. However, competitors to the...
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