chapter  9
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Recent EU Initiatives: Likely Impact on Moral Concerns

Biotechnology has been part of our heritage since the dawn of civilization. However, biotechnology has been of concern to patent lawyers only since the novel use of organisms in the context of DNA structure was discovered.1 The nature of the subject-matter gives rise to complex conceptual, theoretical, moral and environmental questions in regard to the application of the exclusions to patentability of biotechnological inventions.