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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has applied for a US patent on the coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

CDC director Julie Gerberding says the move is an attempt to head off companies that might monopolise future diagnostics and treatments for SARS.

But the situation may develop into a full-scale intellectual-property battle between the CDC and other competitors for patent rights, which include the University of Hong Kong and the British Columbia Cancer Agency in Canada.

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Reference: Nature 423, 214 (2003)

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