Broad Institute Wins Big Battle Over CRISPR Gene-Editing Patent

Biotechnologist Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute (a joint venture of MIT and Harvard University) was awarded a patent for CRISPR gene-editing technology in 2014. But two other scientists —  Jennifer Doudna, of the University of California, Berkeley, and Emmanuelle Charpentier, then of the University of Vienna — published their description of the underlying biology first.

CRISPR technology is already worth billions of dollars, investors say. This ruling seems to affirm the biggest piece of the pie goes to the Broad, over patent rival University of California, Berkeley.

(Image credit: Susan Walsh/AP)

Source: Broad Institute Wins Big Battle Over CRISPR Gene-Editing Patent | News : NPR

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