It has just been announced on the Sydney Morning Herald website that the recent Federal Court decision, by Justice Nicholas, that human genes are patentable subject matter, is to be appealed.

If the appeal is successful it would have a profound effect on the biotech industry in Australia, and potentially lead to a further push to have all biological inventions, with a medical application, banned. Even while we wait for the appeal to be heard we can expect significant lobbying in this a Federal election year.