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In the midst of a “crisis” in the ability to replicate the results of laboratory research, a European consortium has conducted a large-scale animal study that closely mimics a human clinical trial.

The patent system does not promote innovation and should be scaled back drastically, an economist argued at the recent AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy. He was immediately challenged in a lively debate by two long-time patent specialists who defended the system.