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An excerpt...I'm sure the part about "templates" will make some people scream...

"Night and day, the computers at Incyte Genomics churn out gene sequence data. Almost as quickly, Incyte's computers crank out gene-sequence patent applications.

Once scientists at the Palo Alto, Calif., biotech firm identify a sequence that may help develop profitable new drugs, the data is digitally funneled to Incyte's patent division. There the company's legal staff chooses from among 50 patent application templates that classify new genes and proteins by their function. "To write these applications from scratch would cost $15,000 to $20,000 and take four weeks," says Diana Hamlet-Cox, manager of Incyte's patent department. "We can file hundreds of sequences" in a week. Indeed, over the past nine years, Incyte has patented 580 gene sequences - more, she claims, than any other company."
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