The research of Dr. Heidi Williams (MIT) is revelant to class discussion (Topics in Anthropological Genetics) of both the sequencing of the human genome and the recent Supreme Court decision in the Myriad Genetics case. For her dissertation, Williams investigated whether patents on genes inhibit or promote research on those genes. She focused on genes patented by Celera during the sequencing of the human genome and her work was presented to the Supreme Court in the Myriad case. Williams found that there were fewer publications involving genes initially sequenced and patented by Celera, and that diagnostic tests for these genes were much less likely to have been developed by 2009.
This link is to a popular summary of her work:
This link is to an academic article she published based on her dissertation:
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